ERIC Number: ED484402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
The Nation's Report Card: America's Charter Schools. Results from the NAEP 2003 Pilot Study. National Assessment of Educational Progress. NCES 2005-456
US Department of Education
NAEP is a congressionally mandated project of the National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education. The Commissioner of Education Statistics is responsible, by law, for carrying out the NAEP project through competitive awards to qualified organizations. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) conducted a pilot study of America's charter schools and their students as part of the 2003 NAEP assessments in reading and mathematics at the fourth grade level. NAEP also surveyed participating charter schools about their practices, structure, and governance. Charter schools are public schools of choice. A number of states have few or no charter schools; many charter schools have just recently opened; and some charter schools last only a few years. All of these factors make the selection of a representative sample challenging. While charter schools are similar to other public schools in many respects, they differ in several important ways, including the makeup of the student population and their location. For example, in comparison to other public schools, higher percentages of charter school fourth-grade students are Black and attend schools in central cities As the charter school movement has grown, interest in how charter schools function and how their students perform academically has increased. Motivated by this interest, the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), which sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), asked the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to conduct a pilot study of charter schools. This pilot study was conducted as part of NAEP's 2003 national assessment of fourth-graders in reading and mathematics. NAEP, as the nation's report card, has a responsibility to gauge student progress in America?s schools. As a new kind of public school, charter schools are an appropriate subject of study. This report first describes the piudy?s design and methodology, within the context of a few lessons learned. Some key results are then presented separately for reading and mathematics in the body of the report, while other data are found in the appendix. As indicated in the appendix tables, some of the data presented in the appendix should be interpreted with caution due to the uncertainty of the estimates. Further explanation is provided in the Technical and Data Appendix at the end of this report.
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Grade 4, School Choice, Research Methodology, National Surveys, Charter Schools, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Scores, Student Evaluation, Institutional Characteristics, Student Characteristics, Educational Assessment
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 4; Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: National Center for Educational Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.