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Evaluation of IDEA Public Schools Charter School Program Grant

This is a study of IDEA school model implementation and of the growth of a charter school system during a four-year expansion in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, and Austin.

IDEA has a set of strategies that collectively support new and expanding schools in implementing the IDEA school model. SRI and its subcontractor Copia Consulting are studying how these district-level strategies support new and expanding schools as IDEA doubles in size over four years. SRI is using a multimethod research design of interviews and focus groups and an examination of district-collected survey results, student achievement data, and teacher retention data. Throughout the study, SRI has been working with IDEA staff members to understand their most pressing concerns about expansion to ensure the study yields data that support IDEA’s continuous improvement. SRI is sharing interim findings with IDEA to ensure it has the data to make timely programmatic adjustments.

Related projects with IDEA PS are the Evaluation of IDEA Public Schools’ Race to the Top—District Grant and the Study of the Rio Grande Valley Center for Teaching and Leading Excellence.