U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

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ESEA: Charter Schools Grants - FY 2006


CFDA Number: 84.282 - Charter Schools

Program Goal: To support the creation of a large number of high-quality charter schools.

Objective 1 of 1: Encourage the development of a large number of high-quality charter schools that are free from state or local rules that inhibit flexible operation, are held accountable for enabling students to reach challenging state performance standards, and are open to all students.
Indicator 1.1 of 4: State legislation: The number of states that have charter school legislation.
 
Measure 1.1.1 of 1: The number of states with charter school legislation (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico).
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1996 19  
1997 27  
1998 31  
1999 38  
2000 38 40
2001 39 42
2002 40 42
2003 41 43
2004 41 44
2005 41 44
2006 41 44

Source: Grantee Performance Report, Charter Schools Grantee Performance Report.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: January 2006

Data Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.

Limitations: There is variation in the definitions of charter school and of authorizing agency in state charter school legislation.
 
 
Indicator 1.2 of 4: Charter operations: The number of charter schools in operation around the nation.
 
Measure 1.2.1 of 1: The number of charter schools in operation.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1996
255
 
1997
428
 
1998
790
 
1999
1,100
 
2000
1,700
2,060
2001
2,110
2,667
2002
2,431
3,000
2003
2,700
3,000
2004
2,996
3,000
2005
3,344
3,300
2006
3,625
3,600

Source: Center for Education Reform Annual Survey; state educational agencies (SEAs).

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: September 2006

Data Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
On-site monitoring by ED and data from the Center for Education Reform.

Limitations: Differences in the definition of charter schools (i.e., some states count multiple sites as single charters, while others count them as multiple charters) cause variability in the counts among SEAs. There is sometimes disagreement about numbers of charter schools in operation among the agencies that do the counting.
 
 
Indicator 1.3 of 4: Student Achievement: The percentage of charter school students who are achieving at or above proficient levels on state assessments in mathematics and reading.
 
Measure 1.3.1 of 2: The percentage of students in charter schools who are achieving at or above proficient on state assessments in mathematics.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Fourth Grade Eighth Grade
Fourth Grade Eighth Grade
2006
   
999 999

Measure 1.3.2 of 2: The percentage of charter school students who are achieving at or above proficient levels on state assessments in reading.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Fourth Grade Eighth Grade
Fourth Grade Eighth Grade
2006
   
999 999

Source: ED Facts

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: January 2007
 
Explanation: The targets for FY 2006 are to establish baselines.
 
Indicator 1.4 of 4: Efficiency: The cost efficiency of the Charter School Program and the State Charter School Facilities Incentive Grant Program
 
Measure 1.4.1 of 2: (a) The federal cost per student in a ''successful'' charter school (defined as a school in operation for three or more years).
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2006
 
999

Measure 1.4.2 of 2: (b) The ratio of funds leveraged by states for charter facilities to funds awarded by the Department under the State Charter School Facilities Incentive Grant program.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2004
1.82
 
2005
2.52
 
2006
 
2.70

Source: Charter Schools Grantee Performance Report

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: November 2006
 
Explanation: Explanation: (a) The FY 2006 target is to establish a baseline. (b) FY 2004 data was used to establish the baseline. The leveraging ratio is the total funds available (the federal grant and the state match) divided by the federal grant for a specific year.
 


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