ERIC Number: ED498243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Reference Count: 14
Apples to Apples: An Evaluation of Charter Schools Serving General Student Populations. Education Working Paper No. 1
Greene, Jay P.; Forster, Greg; Winters, Marcus A.
Center for Civic Innovation
Despite the fact that charter schools serve over 684,000 children nationwide, they remain a poorly studied form of education reform. This is primarily because many charter schools serve targeted populations such as at-risk, disabled, or delinquent students, which makes it very difficult for researchers to draw a fair comparison between charter schools and regular public schools. This study is the first national study to compare "apples to apples," i.e. charter schools and public schools serving similar general student populations. The study's analysis finds that nationally over a one-year period these charter schools outperformed nearby public schools on math tests by the equivalent of 3 percentile points for a student starting at the 50th percentile. They also found that charter schools outperformed nearby public schools on reading tests by the equivalent of 2 percentile points from the 50th percentile. (Contains 2 tables and 6 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Mathematics Tests, Educational Change, Reading Tests, Charter Schools, Educational Research, Comparative Analysis, Public Schools, Academic Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Reading Achievement, Educational Quality
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manhattan Inst., New York, NY. Center for Civic Innovation.