ERIC Number: ED485356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
How Are California's Charter Schools Performing?
This report begins with a discussion of why performance comparisons between charter and noncharter schools can be complicated. It also summarizes the most recent data from California's assessment and accountability systems, comparing types of charter schools and looking at them within the context of the larger system. An overview of the often contradictory findings from prominent research studies illustrate how different experts address the comparison of academic performance among charter school students versus their peers in the regular system. This report also adds to that ongoing discussion with a new EdSource analysis that approaches the issue somewhat differently. Taken together, the information in this report raises questions Californians should be asking about the state's charter schools and their performance, and it illuminates some reasons why clear answers are so elusive.
Descriptors: Accountability, Charter Schools, Public Schools, Academic Achievement, State Standards, Performance Factors, Educational Indicators, Educational Assessment, Institutional Characteristics
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.