ERIC Number: ED464187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Measuring Up: How Chicago's Charter Schools Make Their Missions Count.
Lin, Margaret Y.
This booklet highlights instructive work and experiences from four demonstration charter schools in Chicago that have developed unique, mission-based accountability measures for their performance contracts with the Chicago School Reform Board of Trustees. These schools developed their new accountability measures between June 1998 and January 2000. The learning standards and alternative assessments developed by these schools (unique learning measures) augment state and district accountability requirements governing Chicago's charters. They do so by offering ways to gauge and demonstrate attainment of vital school goals that are not readily or adequately measured by standardized assessment. Five sections present "Overview of Chicago's Charter School Standards and Assessment Project"; "Unique Learning Measures Created by Chicago's Demonstration Charter Schools"; "Tools from Chicago's Charter School Standards and Assessment Project"; "Participants' Reflections and Lessons Learned"; and "Reflections for Charter Authorities and Policy Leaders." Six appendixes present a glossary, an evaluation tool for school-developed assessments, sample tools for unique learning measures, federal resources, National Charter School Accountability Network, and standards and assessment resources. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Alternative Assessment, Charter Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, School Restructuring, Student Evaluation
Leadership for Quality Education, Charter School Resource Center, 21 S. Clark St., Suite 3120, Chicago, IL 60603 ($8). Tel: 312-853-3696; Web site: http://www.lqe.org/charter.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Chicago Community Trust, IL.; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Polk Bros. Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Leadership for Quality Education, Chicago, IL.