Charter Schools: To Enhance Education's Monitoring and Research, More Charter School-Level Data Are Needed

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Charter schools are public schools that are granted increased autonomy by states in exchange for meeting specified academic goals. State law determines who approves the formation of a charter school, often the board of education. As public schools, charter schools are subject to the performance requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) as well. In this environment, states' systems for allowing charter schools flexibility and ensuring school performance and financial integrity assume greater importance. GAO examined (1) how states allow charter schools flexibility, (2) ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. January 12, 2005.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Charter schools are public schools that are granted increased autonomy by states in exchange for meeting specified academic goals. State law determines who approves the formation of a charter school, often the board of education. As public schools, charter schools are subject to the performance requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) as well. In this environment, states' systems for allowing charter schools flexibility and ensuring school performance and financial integrity assume greater importance. GAO examined (1) how states allow charter schools flexibility, (2) how states promote accountability for school performance and financial integrity for charter schools, (3) the implications of NCLBA for charter schools, and (4) the role the Department of Education (Education) plays in charter school accountability. GAO surveyed the 39 states and jurisdictions with operating charter schools in 2002-03 and interviewed charter school experts and Education officials."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Charter Schools: To Enhance Education's Monitoring and Research, More Charter School-Level Data Are Needed, report, January 12, 2005; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc300920/: accessed April 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.