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ERIC Number: ED628420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2023-Feb
Pages: 50
Abstractor: ERIC
K-12 Education: New Charter Schools Receiving Grants to Open Grew Faster than Peers. Report to Congressional Committees. GAO-23-106268
Nowicki, Jacqueline M.
US Government Accountability Office
The Department of Education Charter Schools Program (CSP) provides grants to open or expand charter schools. Enrollment in charter schools that received CSP grants grew from 213,576 to 1,380,530 students from school years 2006-07 to 2020-21. This report examines (1) enrollment growth at new charter schools that received CSP grants compared to those that did not for 2006-2020 (the most recent available); and (2) enrollment differences in student subpopulations for charter schools receiving such grants compared to other charter and traditional public schools for 2011-2015 (the most recent available that could be matched). The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) reviewed the three main CSP grants intended to open or expand charter schools: (1) CSP State Educational Agencies/State Entities; (2) CSP Charter Management Organizations; and (3) CSP Non-State Educational Agencies/Developers. GAO conducted a multivariate statistical analysis to match CSP-grant recipient charter schools with similar non-CSP charter schools to compare enrollment growth. GAO conducted another statistical analysis to compare student subpopulation enrollment differences among CSP grant-recipient schools, non-CSP charter schools, and traditional public schools. GAO reviewed relevant federal laws, regulations, and documents and interviewed federal officials. GAO incorporated technical comments from Education as appropriate.
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A