ERIC Number: ED484191
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Charter Schools: To Enhance Education's Monitoring and Research, More Charter School-Level Data Are Needed. Report to the Secretary of Education. GAO-05-5
Hickok, Eugene W.
US Government Accountability Office
Charter schools are public schools that are granted increased autonomy by states in exchange for meeting specified academic goals. State law determines who approves the formation of a charter school, often the board of education. As public schools, charter schools are subject to the performance requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) as well. In this environment, states' systems for allowing charter schools flexibility and ensuring school performance and financial integrity assume greater importance. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined: (1) how states allow charter schools flexibility; (2) how states promote accountability for school performance and financial integrity for charter schools; (3) the implications of NCLBA for charter schools; and (4) the role the Department of Education plays in charter school accountability. GAO surveyed the 39 states and jurisdictions with operating charter schools in 2002-03 and interviewed charter school experts and Education officials. The following are appended: (1) Scope and Methodology; (2) Selected Data Tables from Survey; (3) Summary of Selected Charter School Research Projects Sponsored by the Department of Education; (4) Comments from the Department of Education; and (5) GAO Contacts and Staff Acknowledgements. (Contains 14 figures & 7 tables.)
Descriptors: Accountability, Charter Schools, Educational Quality, Federal Legislation, Federal Government, State Government, Government Role, Federal Aid, Academic Standards, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.