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ERIC Number: ED504520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 160
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8330-4693-2
ISSN: N/A
Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition
Zimmer, Ron; Gill, Brian; Booker, Kevin; Lavertu, Stephane; Sass, Tim R.; Witte, John
RAND Corporation
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 plus 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. Do the conflicting conclusions of different studies reflect real differences in effects driven by variation in charter laws and policies? Or do they reflect differences in research approaches--some of which may be biased? This book examines four primary research questions: (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? (A bibliography is included. Data, Supporting Data and Regression Results are appended. Chapters and appendixes are individually footnoted. Contains 42 tables.) [For associated Research Brief, see ED504625.]
RAND Corporation. P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138. Tel: 877-584-8642; Tel: 310-451-7002; Fax: 412-802-4981; e-mail: order@rand.org; Web site: http://www.rand.org
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Joyce Foundation; William Penn Foundation
Authoring Institution: RAND Education
Identifiers - Location: California; Colorado; Florida; Illinois; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Texas; Wisconsin