ERIC Number: ED480988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Strengthening Pennsylvania's Charter School Reform: Findings From the Statewide Evaluation and Discussion of Relevant Policy Issues. Year Five Report.
Miron, Gary; Nelson, Christopher; Risley, John
In 2001, the Pennsylvania Department of Education contracted with Western Michigan University to evaluate Pennsylvania's charter schools and charter school initiative over two years. The study used site visits, work sample review, document review, focus groups, portfolios and surveys to gather data regarding the movement's effectiveness, progress, and impact. The report focuses on methods, descriptions of the reform, charter school startup challenges, finances, student and family characteristics, teacher and staff characteristics, working conditions, professional development, satisfaction levels, innovation, equity, accountability, student achievement, and alternative indicators of charter school quality. Overall, charter schools were making modest achievement gains against demographically and geographically similar schools, although the gains were not uniform. Charter school customers were generally satisfied with the curriculum and instruction, though less so with facilities and resources. There were some charter-host school differences in enrollment of low-income, minority, and special education students. Teachers were generally satisfied with their working conditions but left charter schools in high numbers. Pennsylvania's charter schools received significant technical assistance, making them aware of relevant rules and regulations. There was minimal diffusion of innovation from charter to noncharter schools. Includes 71 tables/figures. Appended are teacher/staff, student, and parent survey results as well as demographic information on charter school students and teachers. (Contains 57 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Accountability, Charter Schools, Educational Quality, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Faculty Development, Governance, Job Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Public Schools, Racial Composition, School Safety, Special Needs Students, Standardized Tests, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Conditions
The Evaluation Center, Western Michigan University, 401B Ellsworth Hall, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5237. Tel: 616-387-5895; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.wmich.edu/evalctr.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo. Evaluation Center.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania