Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition

Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition

Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition

Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition

Synopsis

Charter schools now exist in 40 states, but the best charter-school studies to date have focused on individual states. This book examines charter schools in eight states with varied policy contexts. It assesses the characteristics of charter schools&' students, their effectiveness in raising student achievement and promoting graduation and college entry, and their competitive effects on student achievement in traditional public schools.

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Charter schools are publicly funded schools that operate outside the direct control of local school districts, under a publicly issued charter that gives them greater autonomy than other public schools have over curriculum, instruction, and operations. The first U.S. charter school opened in 1992, and the scale of the charter movement has since grown to 4,000 schools and more than a million students in 40 states and the District of Columbia. With this growth has also come a contentious debate about the effects of the schools on their own students and on students in nearby traditional public schools (TPSs). In recent years, research has begun to inform this debate, but many of the key outcomes have not been adequately examined, or have been examined in only a few states. We do not know whether the conflicting conclusions of different studies reflect real differences in effects driven by variation in charter laws and policies or, instead, reflect differences in research approaches—some of which may be biased.

This book aims to inform the policy debate by examining four primary research questions in several geographic locations: (1) What are the characteristics of students transferring to charter schools? (2) What effect do charter schools have on test-score gains for students who transfer between TPSs and charter schools? (3) What is the effect of attending a charter high school on the probability of graduating and of entering college? (4) What effect does the introduction of charter schools have on test scores of students in nearby TPSs? We examine similarities and differences in the answers to these questions across . . .

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