ERIC Number: ED433616
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Minnesota Charter Schools Evaluation: Final Report.
Lange, Cheryl; Lehr, Camilla; Seppanen, Patricia; Sinclair, Mary
This final report includes findings that were published in a December 1996 interim report and additional findings regarding student academic performance. Four types of data collection were used: a descriptive database for charter schools operating in Minnesota; 2-day site visits to each charter school during the spring and fall of 1996 to interview staff, students, parents and a knowledgeable person at the host district, and to conduct informal observations of classes or learning experiences; collaborative work with educators at the charter schools; and a systematic comparison of Minnesota's charter-school legislation and extant charter schools with other states in terms of growth, the role of state education agencies in relation to this growth, and key legislative provisions and policies. The findings revealed that half of Minnesota's charter schools (8 schools) were located in Minneapolis or St. Paul. Minnesota charter schools varied in the grade levels served. They are small, averaging 119 students with a range of 34 to 240 students per school; as of spring 1996, the enrollment of students with disabilities averaged 25 percent. Students with limited English proficiency averaged 10 percent, and students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch averaged 47 percent. Minnesota charter schools have low student-to-staff ratios (averaging 12:1) as compared to a 22:1 ratio in Minnesota public schools generally. (RJM)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Profiles, State Surveys, Summative Evaluation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota