ERIC Number: ED429339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Arizona Charter School Progress Evaluation.
Mulholland, Lori A.
This report describes an evaluation of charter schools in Arizona. Eighty-two charter schools representing the 137 charter-school holders in the state participated in the study. The schools were selected to be representative of all state charter schools with regard to location, population density, grade level, and sponsoring agency. A total of 303 parents of charter-school students, 171 students, 123 teachers, and 54 directors completed surveys about charter schools. Fourteen focus groups were held around the state, and individual interviews were conducted with 23 persons. Student-achievement test data for charter schools, charter-school applications, other state databases, and parent complaints were also reviewed. The findings indicate that the key reasons that students transfer to charter schools are that they were not doing well academically and/or were not happy at their former school. Parents of charter-school students and the students themselves were more satisfied with their academic performance, and student-achievement data appear to indicate that charter-school students were achieving academic gains at levels similar to students attending regular public schools. Common concerns of stakeholders include accountability for student achievement, implementation of special-education requirements, and qualifications of school teachers and directors. Recommendations for addressing concerns of participant groups are offered. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona