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ERIC Number: ED510790
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
WWC Quick Review of the Report "When Schools Close: Effects on Displaced Students in Chicago Public Schools"
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This study examined the effect of closing public schools in Chicago on the academic achievement of students who had attended those schools. The study analyzed data on nearly 3,800 students in 18 elementary schools that were closed between 2001 and 2006 and nearly 4,700 students from 18 comparison schools. Academic achievement in reading and math was measured using the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. The study compared the achievement of students who attended closing schools with that of students attending similar comparison schools that were not closed. Comparison schools were selected on the basis of average student achievement and demographic characteristics. The study found that, approximately six months after the closings were announced, students in the closing schools were 1.5 months behind in reading and 0.6 months behind in math compared to students in the non-closing schools. In the school year following the closings, there were no statistically significant differences between the students whose schools had closed and those in the comparison schools. The WWC has reservations about these results because the groups of students and schools compared in the analysis may have differed from each other in ways not controlled for in the analysis. [The following study is the focus of this "Quick Review": De la Torre, M., & Gwynne, J. (October 2009). "When schools close: Effects on displaced students in Chicago public schools". Chicago, IL: Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (ED510792).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Iowa Tests of Basic Skills
IES Funded: Yes