Program Evaluation: Texas Charter Schools

In 1995, the 74th Texas Legislature passed state laws to authorize the creation of the first open-enrollment charter schools in Texas. Evaluation reports pertaining to Texas charter schools are available in PDF format from the links below. TEA's Charter School Page provides more information about Charter Schools. TEA's Charter School Page provides more information about Charter Schools.

Annual Charters

Annual evaluation reports and executive summaries, required by Texas Education Code (TEC) §12.118, are available from the links below:

Annual Evaluation of Open-Enrollment Charter Schools: 2012-13 (Gibson Consulting Group, Inc., September 2014)
Executive Summary (4 pages)

Annual Evaluation of Texas Charter Schools: 2009-10 (State of Texas Education Research Center at Texas A&M University, July 2011)
Executive Summary (26 pages)

Previous Annual Charter School Evaluation Reports (1997 - 2007)

Charter School Start-Up Grants

Since 1994, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has provided funding to new charter schools through grants designed to provide support for the planning and implementation of effective new charter programs. Each funding period of three years includes 1) up to 18 months that may be used for charter school planning and program design and 2) up to two years that may be used for initial implementation of the educational program.  As a condition of funding, state education agencies must evaluate new charter schools using objective criteria and quantitative and qualitative data. Reports and executive summaries are available from the links below: 

Texas Public Charter School Start-Up Grant, 2010–2015


          Texas Public Charter School Start-Up Grant (2011-15) Evaluation: Final Report (ICF, January 2018)

Executive Summary (5 pages)

           Texas Public Charter School Start-Up Grant (2011-15) Evaluation: First Comprehensive Report (ICF, December     2017)     

Executive Summary (4 pages)

New Texas Charter Schools, 2007-2010

Evaluation of New Texas Charter Schools 2007-10: Final Report (Texas Center for Educational Research, July 2011)
Executive Summary (14 pages)

Evaluation of New Texas Charter Schools 2007-10: Second Interim Report (Texas Center for Educational Research, February 2011)
Executive Summary (10 pages)

Evaluation of New Texas Charter Schools 2007-10: Interim Report (Texas Center for Educational Research, June 2009)
Executive Summary (8 pages)

        Charter Authorizer Accountability Report

        This study, added by Senate Bill 2 (83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session), is required by TEC § 12.1013(a)-(d). This study requires the commissioner of education to select an Education Research Center to prepare a report “concerning the performance of open-enrollment charter schools by authorizer compared to campus charters and matched traditional campuses.” This report includes the aggregated performance of each school-type as well as the disaggregated performance of each school. The report and its associated appendices are available from the links below.  

        Charter Authorizer Accountability Report 2014-15 (Gibson Consulting, December 2016)
        Charter Authorizer Accountability Report 2014-15 - Appendix D

        Executive Summary (9 pages) 

        Charter Authorizer Accountability Report 2012-13 (University of Texas at Austin Education Research Center, November 2014) - reposted 12/4/14
        Charter Authorizer Accountability Report 2012-13: Appendices A-N
        Charter Authorizer Accountability Report 2012-13: Appendix O –Matched Comparisons for Full Data Set
        Charter Authorizer Accountability Report 2012-13: Appendix P – Matched Comparisons for Alternative Education Accountability Schools

        Contact:  ProgramEval@tea.texas.gov