ERIC Number: ED475104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of Charter School Attendance on Student Achievement in Michigan. Upjohn Institute Staff Working Paper.
Eberts, Randall W.; Hollenbeck, Kevin M.
Proponents of school reform have argued that charter schools can provide adequate market pressure to improve the performance of traditional public schools. While the number of charter schools and their student enrollment have burgeoned, relatively little attention has been paid to their effects on student achievement. This paper focuses on student achievement in charter schools in Michigan. Differences in student outcomes, as measured by the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) for the 1996-2001 school years, were examined. Charter schools were paired with their geographically co-located districts to create local "markets" for educational services in which both charter and traditional public schools compete. Several models of the difference between test-score levels of charter-school students versus those from traditional public schools are estimated. In virtually all specifications, students attending charter schools have lower test scores than those in traditional public schools. The magnitudes of the results vary by grade, year, and subject matter, but are generally on the order of 3 to 10 percent. It is argued that the estimates of the negative differentials may be biased toward zero because selection bias was not controlled for. (RT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Charter Schools, Comparative Analysis, Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Nontraditional Education, Public Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Upjohn (W.E.) Inst. for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan