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  • Main Title Efficacy in Texas Charter Schools Compared to Traditional Public Schools


  • Author: Keller, Karlyn
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Camp, William E.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Bullock, Lyndal M.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Minor Professor
  • Committee Member: Brooks, John C.
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Shouse, Douglas
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
    Additional Info: www.unt.edu


  • Creation: 2015-08


  • English


  • Content Description: The need to spur innovation and improve student performance initiated the formation of, under different legislative acts, charter schools that include variations of traditional public schools. With the enthusiasm and level of investment going into the formation of charter schools, it is necessary to explore whether these schools have achieved their objectives. This study explored whether Texas open enrollment charter schools perform bettered compared to Texas public schools. The study applied a causal comparative quantitative research design. School data on graduation and dropout rates, college preparation, attendance rates, and overall performance were analyzed quantitatively. Student achievement data available for statistical analysis includes student performance on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) state assessment from 2007 to 2011. Data analysis for race, special programs, at risk, economically disadvantaged, and limited English proficiency was incorporated. Descriptive statistics and analysis of variance techniques were included in the data analysis. The analysis extended to post hoc tests to determine variables that caused variation. The study found Texas open-enrollment charter schools had more African American students but fewer Whites compared to public schools. Students in public schools performed better than those in charter schools, and Whites yielded the best performance. Charter schools had high dropout rates, low attendance, and low graduation rates, while public schools had low dropout rates, high attendance, and high graduation rates. Finally, public schools had more students ready for college than charter schools.
  • Physical Description: x, 123 pages : color illustrations


  • Keyword: charter school
  • Keyword: traditional public schools
  • Keyword: open enrollment charter school
  • Keyword: Texas charter school
  • Keyword: efficacy
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Charter schools -- Texas -- Evaluation.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Public schools -- Texas -- Evaluation.


  • Place Name: United States - Texas


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights Holder: Keller, Karlyn
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights Reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc804856


  • Academic Department: Department of Teacher Education and Administration
  • Degree Discipline: Educational Administration
  • Degree Level: Doctoral
  • Degree Name: Doctor of Education
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas
  • Degree Publication Type: disse