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ERIC Number: ED478801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Effect of Charter Schools on Charter Students and Public Schools. Occasional Paper.
Bettinger, Eric
This paper is a report on a study of the effect of charter schools on both students attending them and students in neighboring public schools in Michigan. Using school-level data from Michigan's standardized testing program, the study compared changes in tests scores between charter and public school students. The data included annual math and reading tests for 4th- and 7th-graders, science and writing tests for 5th- and 8th-graders, and a high school proficiency exam for 11th-graders. The paper begins by evaluating the effects of Michigan charter schools on students attending them. The results suggest that charter schools did not have strong effects on the academic achievement of students attending them. The paper then looks at the effects of Michigan charter schools on neighboring public schools. The study used exogenous variation created by Michigan's charter law to identify the effects. The results suggest that charter schools have had little or no effect on test scores in neighboring public schools. (Contains 9 tables of analyzed data and 19 references.) (Author/WFA)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan
IES Cited: ED479289