Education | Social and Behavioral Sciences
This paper explores the student achievement, spending, and accountability in charter schools and virtual schools across the nation, as well as Michigan-specific information. The articles vary in their approaches to assessing student achievement, but most utilized state assessments to compare charter and virtual schools to traditional schools and state reports to measure spending. A review of the current literature found that charter schools, on average, perform at a similar level to their traditional school counterparts. Virtual schools, specifically K-12 Inc., are performing significantly below traditional schools. In terms of spending, the current literature found that charter schools and virtual schools are not held to the same spending transparency as traditional and are spending large amounts of money on administration costs. The literature focused on stricter regulations and guidelines that require charter and virtual schools to reach specific standards regarding achievement and spending to renew charters and stay open. Fourth more, charter schools and virtual schools should be required to utilize research-based practices in each of their specific settings.
Osbeck, Kimberly, "Student Achievement, Spending, and Accountability in Charter Schools, Virtual Schools, and Traditional Schools" (2015). Honors Projects. 394.