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Winston Charter School: A case study involving the intersection of external and internal accountability mandates


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Charter schools are a growing force within the school choice movement. Charter school law provides charter schools the freedom to innovate and maintain increased autonomy as long as internal and external accountability mandates are begin met. Despite the growing popularity of charter schools, little is known about charter schools in high stakes testing states and the way they negotiate the intersection of external accountability mandates and internal school mission. This qualitative case study examines a charter school for diverse students in an urban setting. The study describes the practices teachers and the head of school engage in to fulfill the school's mission of preparing all students for college using a rigorous curriculum integrated with an intensive service-learning component.

Charter School Accountability Theory provided the framework for data collection, observations, finding, and implications. Findings indicate that charter schools in high stakes testing states negotiate the intersection of internal and external accountability mandates by utilizing state standards as a foundation for school curriculum. Charter school stakeholders must choose innovations that are compatible with external accountability mandates, and autonomy exists in the ways schools negotiate the best path to meeting the mandates. Charter school autonomy is constrained by external mandates, especially in high stakes testing states. Developing internal accountability is a challenge for charter schools as external mandates are already in place, and alignment with them is necessary for charter schools, especially those in high stakes testing states.

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Subject
Curricula;
Teaching
Classification
0727: Curricula
0727: Teaching
Identifier / keyword
Education; Accountability; Charter school; Mandates; Service-learning; Urban education; Winston Charter School
Title
Winston Charter School: A case study involving the intersection of external and internal accountability mandates
Author
Pitkin, Rebecca Susan
Number of pages
224
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0097
Source
DAI-A 67/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542832161
Advisor
Marshall, Joanne
University/institution
Iowa State University
University location
United States -- Iowa
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3229115
ProQuest document ID
305319263
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305319263
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