Back in April I posted an entry entitled Dissertation Research Ideas?. In the comments to that entry I promised one doctoral student that I would devote an issue of the Top # series to cyber charter school readings for the folks out there involved in that community (along with the graduate students out there doing research with cyber charter schools. Well, I missed the May edition (altogether I believe – and April too for that matter), so I wanted to use this June edition to fulfill that promise.
1. (a) Bracey, G. W. (2004). Knowledge universe and virtual schools: Educational breakthrough or digital raid on the public treasury? Tempe, AZ: Arizona State University. Retrieved from http://epsl.asu.edu/epru/documents/EPSL-0404-118-EPRU.pdf
1. (b) Ohanian, S. (2004). The K12 virtual primary school history curriculum: A participant’s-eye view. Tempe, AZ: Education Policy Studies Laboratory, Arizona State University. Retrieved from http://epsl.asu.edu/epru/documents/EPSL-0404-117-EPRU.pdf
These two reports are basically two of the only independent evaluations conducted of K12, Inc. – both fairly unfavaourable.
2. (a) Zimmer, R. et al. (2009) Charter schools in eight states effects on achievement, attainment, integration, and competition. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation. Retrieved from http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/2009/RAND_MG869.sum.pdf
2. (b) Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools. (2009). E-schools show superior results: Analysis of state value-added data confirms e-schools students’ progress. Columbus, OH: Author. Retrieved from http://www.oapcs.org/files/EschoolStudy_final6-24-09.pdf
2. (c) Kids Ohio. (2009). New analysis: Ohio’s 8 large urban districts and charter schools rank higher on educational progress than on absolute test scores. Columbus, OH: Author. Retrieved from http://www.kidsohio.org/2009/06/09/new-analysis-ohio%E2%80%99s-8-large-urban-districts-and-charter-schools-rank-higher-on-educational-progress-than-on-absolute-test-scores/
2. (d) Ballou, D., Teasley, B., & Zeidner, T. (2006). Charter schools in Idaho. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University. Retrieved from http://www.vanderbilt.edu/schoolchoice/conference/papers/Ballouetal_2006-DRAFT.pdf
2. (e) National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. (2009). Charter school achievement: What we know. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from http://www.publiccharters.org/files/publications/Summary%20of%20Achievement%20Studies%20Fifth%20Edition%202009_Final.pdf
These are a bunch of reports that indicate that cyber charter schools do as well or worst than their brick-and-mortar counterparts or the ones that show that cyber charter schools do better than their traditional counterparts where the studies are methodologically flawed (and I’ve written about these problems in the past, see Report: Ohio E-Schools Show Superior Results, Data: Academic And Cost Effectiveness, CREDO National Charter School Study, Selective Conclusions About Charters, Cyber Charter School Research and Idaho Charter Schools: 10-Year Report Card).
3. Special Issue of Tech Trends focused on cyber charter schools:
- An Introduction to this special issue of TechTrends – Allison A. Carr-Chellman
- Effectiveness of Cyber Charter Schools: A Review of Research on Learnings – Cathy Cavanaugh
- Selecting Silicon: Why Parents Choose Cybercharter Schools – Rose M. Marsh, Allison A. Carr-Chellman & Beth R. Sockman
- The Open High School of Utah: Openness, Disaggregation, and the Future of Schools – David Wiley
- New Capabilities for Cyber Charter School Leadership: An Emerging Imperative for Integrating Educational Technology and Educational Leadership Knowledge – Eugene Kowch
- Pennsylvania Cyber School Funding: Follow the Money – Allison A. Carr-Chellman & Rose M. Marsh
- Social Networking in Cyberschooling: Helping to Make Online Learning Less Isolating – Michael K. Barbour & Cory Plough
- Tearing Down the Walls: Cyber Charter Schools and the Public Endorsement of Religion – Belinda M. Cambre
See TechTrends Special Issue: Charter Schools Go Cyber for a description of this special issue.
4. Weiner, C. (2003). Key ingredients to online learning: Adolescent students study in cyberspace. International Journal on E-Learning: Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education, 2(3), 44-50.
One of the few published research studies concerning cyber charter schools.
5. Klein, C. (2006). Virtual charter schools and home schooling. Youngstown, NY: Cambria Press.
The only book that I know of that is solely focused on cyber charter schools.
6. (a) Rapp, K. E., Eckes, S. E., & Plurker, J. A. (2006). Cyber charter schools in Indiana: Policy implications of the current statutory language. Education Policy Brief, 4(3). Retrieved from http://ceep.indiana.edu/projects/PDF/PB_V4N3_Winter_2006_CyberCharter.pdf
6. (b) Huerta, L. A. and M. F. González (2004). Cyber and home school charter schools: How states are defining new forms of public schooling. Tempe, AZ, Education Policy Research Unit, Arizona State University. Retrieved from http://epsl.asu.edu/epru/articles/EPRU-0401-49-OWI.htm
6. (c) Thomas, W. R. (2002). Virtual learning and charter schools: Issues and potential impact. Atlanta, GA: Southern Regional Education Board. Retrieved from http://publications.sreb.org/2002/02T03_Virtual_Learn_Charter_School.pdf
A series of specific policy reports related to cyber charter schools.
7. Baker, J. D., et al. (2005). K12, Inc. and the Colorado Virtual Academy: A virtual charter school. In Z. L. Berge and T. Clark. (Eds.) Virtual schools: Planning for success (133-142). New York: Teachers College Press.
A descriptive chapter about the relationship between a cyber charter school vendor (i.e., K12, Inc.) and a cyber charter school (i.e., Colorado Virtual Academy).
So while I have seven counted, the list is more like twenty one when you count all of the individual items up.
While there are probably other ones that are out there, I’m in Orlando at the moment and don’t have my library in front of me. So I’m sure I have missed some. If you know of any that you would recommend to a doctoral student (i.e., someone looking to conduct systematic, empirical research), please leave them in the comment areas.