ERIC Number: ED461169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Student Achievement in Edison Schools: Mixed Results in an Ongoing Enterprise. Research Report.
American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
A study examined student achievement in selected Edison schools through an analysis of test-score data. To qualify for the study, each school had to be in operation for more than 1 year and had to have solid student testing data from a solid evaluation design. Eight schools were selected, and their reading data were compared with those of comparable public schools. Overall the Edison results were mediocre, small to moderate, or not statistically significant. Generally, the results are not as good as the results for an average fully implemented Success for All program. Edison schools do use the Success for All reading program, operate with a longer school day and year, and offer a full-time kindergarten with an academic program. However, the Success For All program is only partially implemented, half the teachers have less than 5 years of experience, teacher turnover is 25 to 40 percent, and the class size averages 28 students. The number of free-lunch students is declining. By limiting enrollment and having waiting lists, the schools' management keeps costs down. In addition to local and state funding, investors fund technology, consultants, and staff development. Edison has a national reputation and excellent funding, but it may not be living up to its claims. (Contains 21 references.) (RKJ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Education, Middle Schools, Private Education, Proprietary Schools, Tables (Data)
For full text: http://www.aft.org/research/edisonproject/index.htm.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.