ERIC Number: ED430323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
The State of Charter Schools. National Study of Charter School. Third-Year Report.
Berman, Paul; Nelson, Beryl; Perry, Rebecca; Silverman, Debra; Solomon, Debra; Kamprath, Nancy
This report provides descriptive information on charter schools that were in operation during the 1997-98 school year. The report is part of a 4-year research program that will document and analyze the charter-school movement. Data were gathered using phone surveys, repeated field visits to a sample of charter schools and their surrounding districts, student achievement tests administered at a sample of charter schools, the collection of existing student assessments for a sample of charter schools and for other public schools, and other methods. The report opens with an overview of the charter movement, paying particular attention to the differences across charter states in terms of the number of charter schools. The next section summarizes basic characteristics of charter schools compared to other public schools, and includes such data as school size, grade-level configuration, percentages of certificated teachers, and student-to-computer ratios. The third section compares student-demographic features of charter schools to that of other public schools. The last section reviews data on several issues that are central to understanding how charter schools may operate differently from other public schools. Data show that an additional 361 charter schools opened in 1998, raising the total number of charter schools to 1,050, operating in 27 states. (RJM)
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Charter Schools, Comparative Analysis, Data Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Program Descriptions, Trend Analysis
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Student Achievement, Curriculum, and Assessment (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: RPP International, Emeryville, CA.
Note: For the first and second year reports, see ED 409 620 and ED 423 612.