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ERIC Number: ED504589
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-31
Pages: 198
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 43
Study of the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Charter Schools in Indiana
Akey, Terri; Plucker, Jonathan A.; Hansen, John A.; Michael, Robert; Branon, Suzanne; Fagen, Rebecca; Zhou, Gary
Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University
In July of 2007, the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) at Indiana University was contracted to conduct an evaluation of the Indiana charter schools. The evaluation has been designed to ensure that all objectives of the provisions of HEA 1001-2007 are fulfilled. In addition, the framework of the study is based in IC 20-24-2-1, Purposes of Charter Schools, and IC 20-24-2-2, Discrimination Prohibited. The two sections of the Indiana Code lay out the purposes for charter schools and emphasize that students cannot be discriminated against regarding disability, race, gender, etc. The evaluation addresses a set of specific evaluation questions related to charter school process effectiveness and efficiency and nearly all of the questions framing the study fit into these two sections of the Code. The goal of the report is to use the framework to provide more useful results to policymakers and education leaders by presenting the findings according to the legislatively defined purposes of Indiana charter schools. Specifically, the evaluation addresses research questions with respect to charter school enrollment patterns and policies, funding patterns and sources, innovations in charter schools, impacts on neighboring school corporations and the educational landscape in general, accountability and performance of charter schools on achievement measures, and the effectiveness of the support provided by charter school authorizers. The report begins with a discussion of a brief history of Indiana charter schools to establish the context of charter schools in Indiana and the nation. Next, the report follows the structure of the memorandum of evaluation questions--beginning with a discussion of charter school enrollment patterns during the 2007-08 school year--including overall enrollment trends for charter schools, demographic makeup, special populations, length of student attendance in charter schools, and the degree to which charter schools are complying with open enrollment requirements. This section is followed by a discussion of charter school revenue and expenditures compared to school corporations. The subsequent section consists of a discussion of how charter schools are using their statutory flexibility to be more innovative and efficient. Next, the report examines the outputs and impact of charter schools. The discussion begins with the impact of charter schools on traditional public schools in Indiana and on the general educational landscape in the state with respect to enrollment, funding, school choice, and innovations. Next, a description of the accountability systems in place for charter schools is provided and the extent to which charter schools are meeting those accountability measures (e.g., parent satisfaction and student performance) is considered. A discussion of the effectiveness of charter school authorizer support is also included. Finally, the report concludes with a summary of general implications and recommendations that emerge from the earlier sections. (Contains 32 tables, 47 figures, and 18 footnotes.) [This report was prepared for the Indiana General Assembly. For the Executive Summary, see ED504590.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana University, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy
Identifiers - Location: Indiana
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Equal Access