ERIC Number: ED469276
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-11
Reference Count: N/A
California Charter Schools Serving Low-SES Students: An Analysis of the Academic Performance Index.
Slovacek, Simeon P.; Kunnan, Antony J.; Kim, Hae-Jin
This report presents the findings of an analysis of the Academic Performance Index (API) scores based on SATs taken in 1999, 2000, and 2001. It focuses on charter schools in California that serve students from low socioeconomic-status (SES) families. The purpose of the study was to see how standardized test scores from charter schools serving low-SES students compared with statewide averages. The method employed in the study was a longitudinal statistical analysis of test-results data available from California schools. The unit of analysis consisted of individual schools. The principle findings are as follows: (1) California charter schools are doing a better job of improving the academic performance of at-risk students than noncharter schools are; (2) student achievement in low-income charter schools is, on average, improving at a faster rate than in similar noncharter schools; (3) charter schools are serving a greater concentration of low-income students; (4) smaller schools tend to outperform larger schools in terms of student achievement growth; (5) socioeconomic status continues to influence student performance on standardized tests; and (6) factors also influencing performance include percentage of teachers on emergency credentials, high mobility rates, and high percentage of English-language learners. (Contains 16 references.) (WFA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Charter Schools, Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education, Low Income Groups, Performance, Public Schools, Tests
Program Evaluation and Research Collaborative, Charter College of Education, California State University, Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032. Tel: 323-343-5622; Fax: 323-343-4345. For full text: http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/ccoe/c_perc/rpt1.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Los Angeles.
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Stanford Achievement Tests