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This study examined whether charter schools in Arizona were accomplishing the goals communicated in their charter applications and explored the evolutionary nature of charter schools. Forty highly varied charter schools in Arizona were tracked over 5 years of continuous operation, from 1995 to 2000. Interviews lasting 4 hours were arranged at each school to address the same questions to board members, staff, parents, students, and each school's leader. The questions covered demographics, curriculum, achievement, student performance, personnel, business development, finance/reporting, and sponsorship. The exact questions are listed, and common themes and perceptions are reported in the introductory overview. For example, new teachers are commonly preferred over experienced teachers for various reasons. Charter applications, contracts, amendments, annual reports, annual external audit summaries, Standford 9 test scores, parent satisfaction ratings, Measure of Academic Progress data, and complaints are gathered and tabulated in the appendices. Appendix H tracks the history of charter schools in Arizona and includes news about charter schools that reached the public. One section of the report details the process of becoming a charter school in Arizona. (RKJ)

Descriptors: Accountability, Charter Schools, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Tables (Data)

Author: Gifford, Mary; Phillips, Karla; Ogle, Melinda


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