ERIC Number: ED426133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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What Does It Mean To Ask "Is 'Charter Schools' Working?"
This paper tries to set out a framework for thinking about whether the innovation known as "charter schools" is working. It is designed to help those who are designing evaluations and those who are thinking about accountability. The charter schools movement is a new state strategy for educational system change. Those who ask whether the charter school is working must look at both innovations in the approach: the alternate sponsor and the school accountable for the results. To begin with, any examination of the charter school must examine the law, determining whether schools are actually being created and how good, and how different, the school designs being created really are. Other issues are the quality of sponsors' decisions about charter school approval and whether schools are responding with improvements of their own. How tough sponsors are about school improvement and how tough the state is about the sponsor's performance must be considered. A second set of questions arises about school performance: are the students learning?; what standards must be met?; and what measures of performance are being used? are all questions to consider. A final issue is determining what the school does about low performance. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Charter Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, School Choice, School Effectiveness, School Restructuring, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Charter Friends National Network, St. Paul, MN.