ERIC Number: EJ830656
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb-25
Reference Count: 0
Quality Seen as Job One for Charters: Sector Explores Ways to Spur Rising Tide of Strong Results
Robelen, Erik W.
Education Week, v28 n22 p1, 16-18 Feb 2009
When President Barack Obama pledged on the campaign trail last September to step up federal aid for "successful" charter schools, he was touching on a matter of mounting concern: how to ensure better and more consistent quality across the growing charter sector. Amid worry about the mixed academic results for charter schools--and a belief that too many chronic low performers remain open--a variety of efforts are emerging to tackle the issue of quality. The focus on charter quality comes a quarter-century after A Nation at Risk declared that a "rising tide of mediocrity" was eroding U.S. education. While the 1983 report didn't advocate creating charter schools, which emerged in the early 1990s, it aimed to "generate reform of the educational system in fundamental ways." The landmark, though controversial, federal commission report is seen as helping to usher in not only the wide embrace of standards-based reform, but also other work to improve public education, including the rise of charters.
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Change, Public Education, Accountability, Academic Achievement, Public Schools, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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