ERIC Number: ED475759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Sharing a Model of Accountability: The Tri-County Charter School Partnership Evaluation.
Lacey, Candace H.; Enger, John M.; Maldonado, Nancy L.
This paper presents the results of the first year evaluation of a 2-year project, "Comprehensive Accountability, Professional Development, and Assessment System for the Tri-County Charter School Partnership." This partnership of five charter schools was working to develop a replicable and comprehensive accountability system for each of the schools. A mixed method research design was developed using parallel or simultaneous methodologies. Quantitative methodology provided the primary data for assessing outcomes related to student achievement, and qualitative methodology provided additional data on outcomes while adding depth and breadth to the evaluation. Surveys completed by 793 students, 335 parents, and 21 teachers were used to obtain information, workshop evaluations gave insight into what participants found useful and effective, and interviews with 5 administrators provided depth and insight into the context in which the program was conducted. Taken together, findings indicate that the partnership was successful in establishing the groundwork for year-two activities. The schools collaborated in providing professional development and aligned their curricula with Florida state standards. No computer-based student progress and standards reporting system had yet been developed, but it was recognized that a student database was essential for tracking student performance on standardized tests and performance assessments. Stakeholder surveys showed very positive attitudes and provided information for the second year of program activities. Although no comprehensive accountability system has yet been developed for the charter school system, the project has provided the framework for the schools to develop such a system. (Contains 17 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida