ERIC Number: ED420920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado Charter Schools Evaluation Study: The Characteristics, Status and Student Achievement Data of Colorado Charter Schools, 1997.
Clayton Foundation, Denver, CO.
Focusing on student achievement, this 1997 evaluation study examines Colorado charter schools' record in meeting goals of the state's Charter Schools Act. The report includes only the 24 charter schools operating for at least 2 years at the end of 1996-97. Tension between two central values, autonomy and accountability, complicate state-level evaluation and cross-comparison efforts. Schools' average enrollment is 188; 54 percent have a student/teacher ratio of 20:1 or less. Most do not have traditional grade-level configurations and exemplify diverse educational approaches. Although schools are serving minority, disadvantaged, and special-needs students, less than half do so in the same proportions as sponsoring districts. Charter school teachers have less experience and education and lower salaries than district teachers. Parents are on school-based governing boards in 19 of the schools. Based on charter schools' own annual reports, 9 schools claim they are exceeding performance expectations and 15 claim they are meeting expectations. Results of the state 4th-grade reading and writing assessment (available for 9 schools) show that charter-school students performed better (72 percent) than the state average (57 percent). The majority of charter schools receive at least 80 percent of funding from sponsoring districts. Included are an executive summary, various tables, and several appendices. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Authoring Institution: Clayton Foundation, Denver, CO.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado