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ERIC Number: ED516865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 90
Abstractor: ERIC
The National Study of Charter Management Organization (CMO) Effectiveness. Report on Interim Findings
Lake, Robin; Dusseault, Brianna; Bowen, Melissa; Demeritt, Allison; Hill, Paul
Center on Reinventing Public Education
The National Study of CMO (charter management organizations) Effectiveness is a national, longitudinal research effort designed to measure how nonprofit charter school management organizations (CMOs) affect student achievement, and to examine the internal structures, practices, and policy contexts that may influence these outcomes. The study began in May 2008 and will conclude in summer 2011. This is an interim report on the work; the final report will be issued in 2011. Outcomes of this interim report will inform the final report's analysis of CMOs' academic effectiveness, which uses a combination of experimental and quasi-experimental data. This interim report reveals that CMOs are still a young and regionally concentrated phenomenon. CMO schools serve a primarily low-income and minority population, similar to that of the big city school districts in which most operate. CMOs differ on the methods they use to create new schools and to support schools once they are up and running. CMOs may differ from traditional school districts in important ways, both in terms of central office and school organization. Most CMO business plans acknowledged early reliance on foundation funding, but projected break-even points when fees from affiliated schools would cover the cost of central offices and services to schools. Interviews with heads of CMOs indicate that many are struggling to find a way to operate at scale on fees obtainable from charter schools. Tough CMOs were created in part to compensate for the fact that charter schools receive less funding than district-operated public schools, some CMO heads suggest the "scaling up" problem cannot be solved without more equitable public funding or access to district-owned facilities. Appendices include: (1) List of All Identified CMOs as of 2007; (2) Construction of the Survey Indices; (3) CEO Survey; and (4) Case Study Protocol. (Contains 35 exhibits and 83 footnotes.)
Center on Reinventing Public Education. University of Washington Bothell Box 358200, Seattle, WA 98195. Tel: 206-685-2214; Fax: 206-221-7402; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Walton Family Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center on Reinventing Public Education; Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.