Charter School Operations and Performance: Evidence from by Ron Zimmer

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By Ron Zimmer

The examine represents a entire research of accessibility, scholars success, governance, and operation of California's constitution colleges, drawing from survey facts and case stories.

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We also thank communication analyst Jerry Sollinger and the editorial staff of Patricia Bedrosian, Denise Constantine, and Paul Murphy in improving the writing of the document. Finally, we thank the Legislative Analyst’s Office for graciously supporting the research. xxix ACRONYMS ADA Average Daily Attendance AP Advanced Placement API Academic Performance Index CAT California Achievement Test CBEDS Comprehensive Basic Education Data System CBEST California Basic Education Skills Test CDE California Department of Education CDIF County and District Information Form CDS County-district-school EC Education Code FTE Full-time-equivalent GATE Gifted and talented education IEP Individualized Education Plan LAO Legislative Analyst’s Office LEA Local Education Agencies LEP Low English Proficient MOU Memorandum of understanding xxxi xxxii Charter School Operations and Performance: Evidence from California NEA National Education Association OR Odds ratio PAIF Professional Assignment Information Forms PSAA Public Schools Accountability Act (California) RFP Request for Proposal RQ Research Question SBE State Board of Education SELPA Special Education Learning Plan Area SES Socioeconomic status SIF School Information Form SSAT Single Subject Assessment for Teaching STAR Standardized Testing and Reporting Chapter One INTRODUCTION Ron Zimmer, Derrick Chau, and Brian Gill BACKGROUND: CHARTER SCHOOLS NATIONALLY AND IN CALIFORNIA Charter schools represent the fastest-growing segment of the movement to promote parental choice in K–12 schooling.

When we examine the results by charter school type, however, some differences appear. Start-up schools clearly differ from conventional public schools in their use of achievement tests and personal interviews. 1 shows, only about 19 percent of start-up schools use the interview to determine eligibility for admission, according to survey responses, and about 43 percent of these schools reported that they do not use personal interviews in the admissions process. 8 percent of start-up schools use admissions or achievement tests to determine eligibility for admission.

For most charter schools, the chartering authority district provides a comparison district. However, some of these chartering authorities are not traditional school districts but, rather, are the state or the county education offices. In addition, some charter schools are chartered by school districts other than the district in which they are located. For these charter schools, the chartering authority is not a reasonable comparison. 7 This restriction created a sample ______________ 7The sample excludes three schools chartered by the state and 20 schools chartered by county education offices.

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