ERIC Number: ED429345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado Charter Schools Evaluation Study: The Characteristics, Status and Student Achievement Data of Colorado Charter Schools, 1998.
Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
This report seeks to further the debate about the overall reform impact of Colorado's charter schools. It focuses on the characteristics and performance of the first 32 charter schools in the state, ones that have been operating for at least 2 years as of the end of the 1997-98 school year. The document identifies promising trends: the performance of these schools, as a whole, is stronger than state averages and school-district averages; the great majority of the charter schools in the study are meeting--or exceeding--the performance goals defined in their original plans; parent participation and parent satisfaction are high; teachers express high levels of satisfaction; and charter schools are gaining experience in measuring performance. Some concerns identified by the study include the finding that the population of charter-school students is not as diverse as the population of the state; six schools in the study did not provide sufficient data to enable the evaluation team to determine whether these schools were meeting expectations; several schools experienced a high rate of turnover in the building administrator position and/or among members of the governing board; and there has been little transfer of charter-school approaches or experiences to other public schools. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Clayton Foundation, Denver, CO.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado