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Charter School Performance Comparable to Other Public Schools; Stronger Accountability Needed, Report No. 05-21, April 2005
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  • On average, charter school students are academically behind when they enter their charter school compared to students remaining in traditional public schools.  For this reason charter school students are slightly less likely to meet grade-level standards compared to students in other public schools. 
  • Most charter school students achieve comparable learning gains in math and reading as similar students in traditional public schools.  However, students who are furthest behind make slightly more progress in charter high schools than do students in traditional public high schools.
  • Charter schools vary widely in their performance.  Successful charter schools exhibit many of the same characteristics long associated with successful schools, including setting high academic expectations, strong instructional leadership, and frequent progress monitoring.
  • Many charter schools’ contracts and annual reports do not include the information needed to hold them fully accountable for student performance.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Charter Schools
Public Schools (K-12 Education)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-04  Steps Taken to Improve Charter School Financial Management and Performance Accountability; Additional Action Needed, published in January 2008.
  • Report No. 05-22 OPPAGA Report: Charter School Review Technical Report, published in April 2005.
  • Report No. 05-11 OPPAGA Report: Charter School Application Requirements Are Reasonable; Financial Management Problematic, published in March 2005.
  • Report No. 04-41 Progress Report: K-12 Accountability System and Student Achievement Improved, But Challenges Remain, published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 02-22 Progress Report: Charter School Management Strengthened, But Improved Academic Accountability Needed, published in March 2002.
  • Report No. 01-22 Justification Review: Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Public Education Program, published in April 2001.
  • Report No. 99-48 Program Review: Charter Schools Need Improved Academic Accountability and Financial Management, published in April 2000.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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