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NAEP 2003 Reading Charter School Survey Results

Weighted percentage of students, average scale score, and percentage of students at or above each achievement level in reading, Grade 4

Number of years since the school’s charter was granted
NAEP 2003 charter school survey question 1
Survey response Percent of
students
assessed
Average
scale score
Percent
at or above
Basic
Percent
at or above
Proficient
Percent at
Advanced
0-1 year 7 (4.0) ! 223 (4.0) ! 70 (5.4) ! 34 (6.0) ! 8 (5.7) !
2-3 years 31 (5.9)   208 (4.7)   53 (5.3)   23 (3.9)   5 (2.2)  
4-5 years 29 (4.3)   212 (4.4)   57 (4.9)   26 (4.3)   5 (1.2)  
6 years or more 33 (6.4) ! 215 (3.6) ! 60 (5.1) ! 29 (3.0) ! 6 (1.1) !


Who granted the school's charter?
NAEP 2003 charter school survey question 2
Survey response Percent of
students
assessed
Average
scale score
Percent
at or above
Basic
Percent
at or above
Proficient
Percent at
Advanced
School district 49 (5.2)   218 (2.9)   65 (3.7)   32 (2.5)   7 (1.2)  
State board of education 27 (5.0) ! 208 (3.3) ! 52 (4.3) ! 23 (3.0) ! 4 (1.1) !
Postsecondary institution 15 (1.8)   203 (3.2)   45 (4.1)   19 (2.6)   4 (0.9)  
State charter-granting agency 6 (1.8) ! 214 (7.1) ! 60 (9.4) ! 29 (7.4) ! 6 (3.8) !
Other 1 (0.7) ! 197 (4.1) ! 42 (5.9) ! 14 (4.9) ! 1 (1.5) !
Don't know                    


Is your charter school a newly created school or was it a pre-existing school?
NAEP 2003 charter school survey question 3
Survey response Percent of
students
assessed
Average
scale score
Percent
at or above
Basic
Percent
at or above
Proficient
Percent at
Advanced
Newly created school 70 (5.0)   213 (2.7)   58 (3.3)   27 (2.3)   5 (0.9)  
Pre-existing school 30 (5.0)   211 (3.6)   56 (4.8)   25 (2.6)   5 (1.6)  
    Pre-existing private school 20 (6.8) ! 203 (6.3) ! 46 (8.1) ! 19 (5.2) ! 5 (2.8) !
    Pre-existing public school 80 (6.8) ! 213 (3.9) ! 59 (4.6) ! 26 (2.7) ! 5 (1.8) !
Don't know                    


Number of years providing instructions as a charter school
NAEP 2003 charter school survey question 4
Survey response Percent of
students
assessed
Average
scale score
Percent
at or above
Basic
Percent
at or above
Proficient
Percent at
Advanced
0-1 year 8 (4.3) ! 225 (2.2) ! 72 (3.6) ! 34 (4.9) ! 8 (3.8) !
2-3 years 32 (7.9) ! 214 (5.2) ! 60 (6.1) ! 28 (4.0) ! 5 (1.3) !
4-5 years 37 (6.2)   212 (3.6)   56 (4.2)   26 (3.7)   6 (1.7)  
6 years or more 23 (4.3)   210 (3.8)   54 (5.2)   25 (3.5)   5 (1.4)  


Which population of students does your charter school primarily serve?
NAEP 2003 charter school survey question 5
Survey response Percent of
students
assessed
Average
scale score
Percent
at or above
Basic
Percent
at or above
Proficient
Percent at
Advanced
All students 92 (2.4)   214 (2.2)   60 (2.8)   28 (2.0)   6 (0.8)  
At-risk students 4 (1.5) ! 183 (5.2) ! 25 (5.7) ! 8 (2.7) ! 1 (0.8) !
Students with disabilities                    
Gifted/talented students                    
Some other population 3 (1.7) ! 202 (9.6) ! 46 (15.2) ! 16 (7.3) ! 2 (2.1) !
Don't know                    


Which one of the following best describes your charter school's primary focus in terms of program content?
NAEP 2003 charter school survey question 6
Survey response Percent of
students
assessed
Average
scale score
Percent
at or above
Basic
Percent
at or above
Proficient
Percent at
Advanced
Comprehensive curriculum
(no specialized primary focus)
59 (6.3)   211 (3.7)   56 (4.3)   26 (2.7)   5 (1.1)  
Special curricular focus
(e.g., arts, math/science, foreign language immersion)
24 (5.8) ! 215 (4.6) ! 59 (4.9) ! 28 (4.2) ! 6 (3.4) !
Educational philosophy
(e.g., Montessori, open school)
5 (2.8) ! 207 (7.4) ! 53 (10.9) ! 21 (7.2) ! 4 (4.0) !
Philosophy or set of values
(e.g., Eastern philosophy, religion)
                   
Other 11 (3.3) ! 216 (7.0) ! 63 (9.4) ! 30 (7.7) ! 6 (2.0) !
Don't know                    


Is your school operated by an organization or company that also manages other schools?
NAEP 2003 charter school survey question 7
Survey response Percent of
students
assessed
Average
scale score
Percent
at or above
Basic
Percent
at or above
Proficient
Percent at
Advanced
Yes 34 (7.2) ! 213 (4.4) ! 58 (5.3) ! 27 (3.5) ! 5 (1.0) !
No 66 (7.2)   211 (2.8)   56 (3.2)   26 (2.4)   5 (1.3)  
Don't know                    


Is your school part of another public school district or local education agency, or is your school itself a charter school district?
NAEP 2003 charter school survey question 8
Survey response Percent of
students
assessed
Average
scale score
Percent
at or above
Basic
Percent
at or above
Proficient
Percent at
Advanced
Part of another public school district 55 (4.8)   218 (3.3)   64 (4.0)   31 (2.8)   6 (1.3)  
Charter school district by itself 45 (4.5)   208 (3.0)   52 (3.5)   23 (2.3)   5 (1.0)  
Don't know                    


Does your school's charter include waivers or exemptions from the following state or district policies?
NAEP 2003 charter school survey question 9
Survey response Percent of
students
assessed
Average
scale score
Percent
at or above
Basic
Percent
at or above
Proficient
Percent at
Advanced
Teacher certification requirements                              
    Yes 23 (4.7) ! 214 (4.1) ! 59 (4.8) ! 30 (4.1) ! 6 (1.9) !
    No 77 (4.7)   212 (2.3)   57 (2.9)   26 (1.9)   5 (0.6)  
    Don't know # (0.1)   185 (4.9)   28 (5.7)   7 (3.9)   1 (2.1)  
Teacher/staff hiring/firing policies                              
    Yes 30 (5.5)   214 (5.0)   59 (5.4)   29 (4.6)   6 (2.4)  
    No 68 (5.6)   211 (3.0)   56 (3.7)   26 (2.3)   5 (0.8)  
    Don't know 2 (1.3) ! 225 (6.8) ! 74 (10.2) ! 38 (7.6) ! 7 (8.3) !
Curriculum requirements                              
    Yes 37 (4.7)   223 (2.9)   70 (4.0)   36 (3.1)   7 (1.5)  
    No 60 (5.2)   205 (2.4)   49 (2.7)   21 (1.4)   4 (0.9)  
    Don't know                    
Student attendance/seat time requirements                              
    Yes 8 (2.2) ! 220 (6.5) ! 68 (7.3) ! 35 (7.4) ! 7 (2.8) !
    No 92 (2.2)   212 (2.1)   57 (2.7)   26 (1.7)   5 (0.7)  
    Don't know                    
Student assessment requirements                              
    Yes 10 (2.9) ! 211 (7.8) ! 58 (9.7) ! 27 (7.8) ! 5 (2.8) !
    No 90 (2.9)   213 (2.3)   57 (2.8)   27 (1.7)   5 (0.8)  
    Don't know                    
Control of finances/budget                              
    Yes 33 (5.1) ! 221 (2.7) ! 67 (4.1) ! 33 (2.7) ! 7 (1.4) !
    No 63 (5.3)   209 (2.6)   53 (3.0)   24 (2.1)   5 (0.9)  
    Don't know                    
Incentives, rewards, or sanctions due to school performance                              
    Yes 17 (4.0) ! 221 (5.5) ! 67 (6.7) ! 36 (6.6) ! 8 (1.8) !
    No 81 (4.0)   211 (2.4)   56 (2.9)   25 (1.8)   5 (0.7)  
    Don't know 2 (1.2) ! 200 (9.1) ! 45 (11.6) ! 15 (5.8) ! 3 (2.4) !


In which of the following areas is your school monitored by the state or your school's charter-granting agency?
NAEP 2003 charter school survey question 10
Survey response Percent of
students
assessed
Average
scale score
Percent
at or above
Basic
Percent
at or above
Proficient
Percent at
Advanced
Instructional practices                              
    Yes 78 (5.1)   211 (2.3)   55 (3.0)   25 (1.8)   5 (0.8)  
    No 22 (5.1) ! 219 (4.9) ! 65 (6.1) ! 32 (4.2) ! 6 (1.7) !
    Don't know                    
Student achievement                              
    Yes 93 (3.1)   212 (2.3)   57 (2.8)   27 (2.0)   5 (0.8)  
    No 7 (3.1) ! 217 (4.6) ! 62 (6.6) ! 29 (6.9) ! 4 (2.0) !
    Don't know                    
Student behavior                              
    Yes 68 (4.8)   214 (2.2)   58 (3.0)   28 (1.9)   6 (1.1)  
    No 29 (5.1)   209 (3.6)   55 (3.8)   25 (3.0)   5 (1.0)  
    Don't know                    
Student attendance                              
    Yes 87 (4.2)   212 (2.2)   58 (2.8)   27 (1.8)   5 (0.9)  
    No 13 (4.2) ! 212 (6.1) ! 58 (7.6) ! 27 (6.6) ! 5 (2.2) !
    Don't know                    
School governance                              
    Yes 74 (4.9)   213 (2.4)   58 (2.9)   27 (2.0)   5 (0.9)  
    No 22 (4.9) ! 209 (4.4) ! 54 (5.1) ! 26 (4.0) ! 5 (1.1) !
    Don't know                    
School finances                              
    Yes 87 (4.5)   212 (2.3)   57 (2.9)   26 (1.8)   5 (0.8)  
    No 13 (4.5) ! 217 (4.9) ! 63 (6.6) ! 30 (6.9) ! 7 (1.6) !
    Don't know                    
Compliance with state
or federal regulations
                             
    Yes 99 (0.3)   212 (2.2)   57 (2.6)   27 (1.8)   5 (0.7)  
    No                    
    Don't know                    


To which of the following groups are you required to make a report on your school's progress?
NAEP 2003 charter school survey question 11
Survey response Percent of
students
assessed
Average
scale score
Percent
at or above
Basic
Percent
at or above
Proficient
Percent at
Advanced
Chartering agency                              
    Yes 81 (4.2)   212 (2.4)   57 (3.0)   27 (2.2)   6 (0.9)  
    No 19 (4.2) ! 214 (3.8) ! 60 (4.6) ! 28 (3.8) ! 5 (1.1) !
    Don't know                    
Private funders                              
    Yes 14 (3.8) ! 209 (5.7) ! 53 (6.6) ! 25 (4.2) ! 5 (2.2) !
    No 86 (3.9)   213 (2.1)   58 (2.6)   27 (1.8) ! 5 (0.7)  
    Don't know                    
Parents                              
    Yes 81 (3.0)   212 (2.4)   58 (2.9)   27 (1.9)   5 (0.9)  
    No 19 (3.0)   212 (3.5)   57 (4.5)   26 (4.3)   6 (1.4)  
    Don't know                    
Community/general public                              
    Yes 65 (6.6)   212 (2.9)   57 (3.5)   26 (2.3)   5 (0.9)  
    No 32 (6.1)   212 (4.6)   57 (5.1)   28 (4.0)   6 (1.9)  
    Don't know 3 (‡)   227 (4.5) ! 74 (9.5) ! 34 (7.9) ! 8 (3.2) !
School governing board                              
    Yes 94 (2.5)   212 (2.3)   57 (2.7)   27 (1.9)   5 (0.7)  
    No 6 (2.5) ! 216 (9.3) ! 59 (11.5) ! 29 (12.1) ! 7 (4.8) !
    Don't know                    
State board of education                              
    Yes 82 (4.1)   214 (2.2)   59 (2.8)   27 (1.8)   5 (0.8)  
    No 17 (4.1) ! 205 (6.1) ! 49 (6.4) ! 24 (5.8) ! 6 (1.8) !
    Don't know 1   230 (61.4) ! 77 (71.7) ! 45 (39.5) ! 11 (10.9) !
State department of education
(if this is not the chartering agency)
                             
    Yes 89 (3.5)   213 (2.0)   58 (2.6)   27 (1.7)   5 (0.9)  
    No 7 (2.5) ! 207 (6.8) ! 51 (8.8) ! 23 (6.7) ! 4 (2.4) !
    Don't know 4 (2.2) ! 187 (1.5) ! 31 (1.8) ! 9 (2.5) ! 1 (0.7) !
Legislature                              
    Yes 25 (5.3)   206 (6.1)   50 (6.4)   22 (4.4)   5 (2.6)  
    No 61 (5.6)   213 (2.2)   58 (2.7)   27 (2.3)   5 (1.0)  
    Don't know 14 (6.5) ! 218 (7.8) ! 66 (8.6) ! 31 (5.9) ! 5 (2.2) !

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Last updated 22 December 2004 (HM)

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