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Multiple Choice: Charter School Performance in 16 States - This report presents a longitudinal student-level analysis of charter school impacts on more than 70% of the students in charter schools in the United States. The scope of the study makes it the first national assessment of charter school impacts. (Center for Research on Education Outcomes, June 2009)...

Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration and Competition - What are the characteristics of students transferring to charter schools? What effect do charter schools have on test-score gains for students who transfer between traditional schools and charter schools? Are students attending a charter high school more likely to graduate and go on to college? Are test scores of students in traditional schools impacted when charter schools open nearby? (Ron Zimmer, Brian Gill, Kevin Booker, Stephane Lavertu, Tim Sass, John Witte, Rand Corporation, 2009) ...

Charter School Achievement: What We Know (5th Edition) - The 2009 edition of Charter School Achievement reviewed 140 individual studies and found evidence that many charter schools are helping to increase academic performance, graduation rates and college matriculation. It warned, however, that more needs to be done to eliminate the gaps in research to gain clear insights into achievement. (National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, April 2009)...

Study of the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Charter Schools in Indiana - In July 2007, the Indiana state legislature contracted with the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy to conduct an evaluation of the state’s charter schools. Specifically, the evaluation addresses research questions with respect to charter school enrollment patterns and policies, funding patterns and sources, innovations in charter schools, impacts on neighboring corporations (school districts are called corporations in Indiana), accountability and performance of charter schools on achievement measures and the effectiveness of the support provided by charter school sponsors. The Center arrived at five conclusions about the state’s charter schools. (Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, January 2009)...

The Effect of Charter Schools on Non-Charter Students: An Instrumental Variables Approach - Proponents of charter schools claim that charters provide incentives for non-charter public schools to provide more effort towards improving student performance. However, it is unclear whether schools respond to competition and other mechanisms may counteract competitive impacts. This paper investigates how charter schools affect behavior, attendance and test scores for students in non-charter schools using new data from an anonymous large urban school district. (Scott Imberman, National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, November 2007)...

Achievement and Behavior in Charter Schools: Drawing a More Complete Picture - Students enrolled in charter schools behave better than those in other public schools, according to preliminary findings from this report. Examining disciplinary, performance and demographic data from a large district, the report finds that charter schools generate improvements in student behavior and attendance. The largest positive impact is seen in start-up charters rather than charter conversions. Students whose behavior improves when they enroll in charter schools, however, tend to lose those good habits if they return to non-charters. (Scott Imberman, National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, October 2007)...

Charter High Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap - Closing the achievement gap between low-income, minority, and special needs students and their peers is a high priority for the nation’s schools. This study examines eight charter secondary schools that are having success toward that end. It looks at similarities between the schools and details their expectations such as a rigorous curriculum, college prep, personal accountability and mastery of subjects. (WestEd, U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement, October 2006) ...

A Closer Look at Charter Schools Using Hierarchical Linear Modeling - This report finds that after adjusting for student demographic characteristics, charter school mean scores in reading and math were lower – on average – than those for traditional public schools. The report also finds that in reading and math, average performance differences between traditional public schools and charters affiliated with a district were not statistically significant, while charters not affiliated with a district scored significantly lower on average than traditional schools. Also available is an executive summary. (Henry Braun, Frank Jenkins and Wendy Grigg, National Center for Education Statistics, August 2006) ...

Key Issues in Studying Charter Schools and Achievement: A Review and Suggestions for National Guidelines - This report examines the existing research on student achievement in charter schools and details how future research could be improved. Two key findings from the report are that: (1) no one research method or approach is problem-free, and (2) the results of studies focused on one kind of charter school cannot be generalized to all charters. The report recommends that researchers and others should consider results from multiple studies instead of relying on a single study for definitive results. (Julian Betts and Paul T. Hill, Center on Reinventing Public Education, May 2006) ...


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