ERIC Number: ED457166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-9
Reference Count: N/A
An Examination of Student Achievement in Michigan Charter Schools. Upjohn Institute Staff Working Paper.
Eberts, Randall W.; Hollenbeck, Kevin M.
This paper focuses on student achievement in charter schools in Michigan. The analyses suggest that students attending charter schools in Michigan are not reaching the same levels of achievement as students in traditional public schools in the same districts. Using several different models to estimate the differences between test score levels of students attending charter schools and those from traditional public schools in the same districts, the analyses indicate that students attending a charter school scored around 2% to 4% lower on the state's mandatory fourth grade reading and mathematics assessment. Fifth grade students in charter schools scored about 4% lower on the science test and about 6% to 9% lower on the writing test. The model controls for student, building, and district characteristics. The results are robust to several different specifications. However, many caveats are in order. Test scores are imperfect indicators of achievement. Furthermore, while the test scores of individual students are examined, researchers are able to control for student and teacher characteristics only in a limited way, and some of the explanatory variables are based on aggregate-building level and district-level information. Nevertheless, analyses suggest that despite the fact that charter schools have the ability to introduce competition and innovations in the provision of education, the evidence from this study implies that they will need to make up considerable ground as they become more established in order to overtake the test score levels and gains of students at traditional public schools. (Contains 15 notes, 8 tables, and 5 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, School Choice, Scores, Test Results
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Upjohn (W.E.) Inst. for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan