ERIC Number: ED455585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Charter School Authorizers and Charter School Accountability.
Anderson, Lee; Finnigan, Kara
The accountability mismatch between the theory and the reality of charter schools and charter-school authorizers in the United States is identified in this report. The roles and characteristics of charter-school authorizers are not well understood, but they are positioned to play a key role in ensuring and enforcing charter-school accountability. This paper begins with an overview of the sample and methodology of the charter-school authorizer study. It is followed by a discussion of the theory and practice of charter-school accountability, presenting data on the role of authorizers. Charter-school accountability is then examined within the larger accountability policy context. The paper concludes with a discussion of the mismatch between the theory and reality of the accountability roles played by charter-school authorizers. Study findings suggest that the key roles authorizers play might become eclipsed by state assessment mandates and other accountability requirements. Charter-school level goal setting is also likely to be usurped by external accountability systems. Hence, the original vision of charter-school accountability is compromised by larger developments in the world of public-school accountability. (Contains 17 references and 6 tables.) (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).