ERIC Number: ED419296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Making a Difference? Charter Schools, Evaluation and Student Performance.
Cheung, Stella; Murphy, Mary Ellen; Nathan, Joe
An evaluation of the effectiveness of charter schools is offered in this report. The report attempts to answer three critical questions: (1) "How are charter schools assessing student achievement?"; (2) "What are charter schools doing to meet accountability requirements?"; and (3) "Are charter schools improving student achievement?" To answer these questions, it draws on data gathered from 31 charter schools in 8 states. It found that charters use a variety of measures to assess student achievement, such as standardized tests, student portfolios, and teacher evaluations. In addition to student achievement, accountability plans include areas such as student behavior and attitudes, staff development, parental involvement and satisfaction, school climate, fiscal management, and program activities. Charter schools and their sponsors share responsibility for a reliable, valid assessment, and in most cases, this responsibility has been carefully fulfilled. Information on the case studies under examination, evaluation methods, accountability plans, and evidence of success are all covered in the text. The report concludes that charter schools can improve the achievement of both inner city and rural students. (RJM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Charter Schools, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Effectiveness, Student Evaluation
Center for School Change, 234 Humphrey Center, 301 19th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Hubert H. Humphrey Inst. of Public Affairs.
Note: Prepared at the Center for School Change.