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    • 20 Chapter 3 Methodology Purpose of Study The purpose of this project was to examine the relationship between charter schools’ performance on state mandated assessments and how those scores impact the perception of charter schools’ success or...
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    • 21 The participants of this study fell into two categories: parents and teachers. Parent participants must have had one or more youth who were current students at one of the two schools at the time the study was conducted. At that time, Gateway...
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    • 22 open-ended question were coded according to emerging themes. Finally, participants were given selected response items to choose from. Samples of surveys, as well as the open-ended question and selected response items are provided in appendices...
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    • 25 attitude toward state-mandated testing. This research also examined teacher attitudes toward state-mandated testing as a tool to describe school performance and instructor performance as well as the reasons they chose to work at a charter school...
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    • 3 how do assessments impact the parent/teacher perception of charter schools; and three, do teachers use scores from state-mandated assessments evaluate their own performance/success? Research Questions The following questions helped guide the...
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    • 30 Gateway Preparatory Academy parent survey. There were 110 parents who participated in the survey for Gateway Preparatory Academy. The school has 235 families, so 47% of GPA families participated in the survey. Parents may have more than one...
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    • 31 show a negative attitude, however, there was an equal amount of neutral response to the highest percent of negative response: “Neither Agree nor Disagree” at 34% and “Disagree at 35%. Item four results show an overwhelming positive response with...
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    • 32 Figure 5. Gateway Preparatory Academy parent response to item 7: What was the most important reason for choosing to attend this school? Item eight on the Gateway Preparatory Academy survey provided parents the opportunity to respond generally to...
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    • 34 environment,” “educational model” and “academic performance” were all fairly equally represented; while “convenience” and “other” were seldom selected or not at all, respectively. However, in regard to the most important reason (Figure 8),...
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    • 35 Table 4 shows the items as well as the Gateway Preparatory Academy teacher responses for the Likert items of the survey. Table 4 Gateway Preparatory Academy Teacher Survey Results Question Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree nor...
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    • 36 “educational model” surpassed all other selections. Answers left blank or containing multiple selections on item five were categorized as no answer. Figure 9. Gateway Preparatory Academy teacher response to item 4: Factors that influenced...
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    • 37 Chapter 5 Discussion In order to discuss the perception of the two charter schools in Iron County, we will look at the items of each survey as a comparison. This provides important perspective as each charter school has a very distinct mission,...
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    • 38 mandated assessments would carry more weight in the SUCCESS Academy school community. Both the school’s instructional model and recent scores on state assessments support this assumption. Because of the unique Montessori model at Gateway...
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    • 40 The next question (Figure 12) asked parents to evaluate if school instructional model was the most important element of a public charter school. The results confirm a strong positive attitude that, at both schools, instructional model remains...
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    • 41 Gateway Preparatory Academy parents nor SUCCESS Academy parents chose their school because of annual test scores, seemingly contradicting responses from item one unless these parents’ perception of academic performance is determined by something...
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    • 43 agree.” Clearly, perceptions about assessments as accurate tools related to student learning are varied. It would seem, however, that those who disagree with testing’s efficacy in academic evaluation are more confident in their position that...
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    • 44 Figure 17 compares the occurrence of the themes that were established in responses to the open-ended question at the end of both surveys: “What do state-mandated testing scores tell you about your child’s school?” Figure 17. Parent comparison of...
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    • 47 Figure 20. Teacher comparison of item 2: State-mandated assessments are accurate tools to evaluate my students learning? As clearly evidenced in Figure 21, Iron County charter school teachers clearly perceive their own success through a...
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    • 49 negative toward assessment information. While these same teachers feel test scores might be an indicator of school quality, they are quick to distance such possible merit from student learning as well as their own job performance. As more and...
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    • 50 often do. If teachers have a negative attitude and perception about scores as tools to evaluate student learning, and if parents are undecided with a slight bias toward the negative, such assessments are likely not appropriate tools to evaluate...

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