One of the primary purposes of the A-GAME project is to help authorizers, and the alternative education campuses (AECs) they oversee, to develop alternative accountability measures, metrics, and frameworks to capture school quality. One area of shared difficulty among authorizers and AECs is establishing rigorous but attainable performance targets. This site aims to provide authorizers with some “typical” results for students attending AECs. The data provided here are collected from state department of educational websites, as well as the National Center for Education Statistics website. For the first time, AECs are isolated from general education schools and their results are aggregated to provide a summary of typical (or average) alternative school performance. The results can be used to help charter authorizers and AECs set relevant performance standards for their alternative schools across the country.
The data reported on this site will be updated and additional measures will be released on a regular basis. In addition, we anticipate adding new features for reviewing the data based on different student or school characteristics in the near future.
The data presented in the data visualizations are collected from publicly available sources and are subject to each states’ policies for both identifying AECs and minimum student counts to protect student privacy and insure the validity of the data. Therefore, the aggregated data may be more reflective of schools that have larger student populations and may include results for some schools that would not be considered AECs by the A-GAME definition. In addition, publicly available data on the number of alternative charter schools by state or authorizer can often be out of date. Should you note any errors in the reported statistics on this website, please contact Dr. Jody Ernst. project co-director and data manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.