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ERIC Number: ED511907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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WWC Quick Review of the Report "The Evaluation of Charter School Impacts: Final Report"
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The study examined the effect of being offered enrollment at a charter middle school on student achievement and behaviors. The study analyzed data from two cohorts of more than 2,100 students in 29 sites across 15 states between 2005 and 2008. Enrollment offers at each charter school were granted by lottery. The study compared outcomes of students who were offered enrollment in each charter school with those of students who were not selected in the lottery and, as a result, typically attended traditional public schools. The authors measured effects at each school after one and two years, and then averaged these findings across schools to receive an overall impact estimate. Student achievement was measured using state-level reading and math assessments that were standardized to ensure comparability across states. Other outcomes were obtained from school administrative records and from student and parent surveys. On average, students admitted to charter middle schools through the lottery scored no differently on math and reading assessments than students not offered admission. These program impacts varied widely across study sites; some had positive outcomes and some had negative outcomes. The authors also found no significant overall effects on attendance, grade promotion, or student conduct. This research meets the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards. [The following study is the focus of this "Quick Review: Gleason, P., Clark, M., Tuttle, C. C., & Dwoyer, E. (2010). "The evaluation of charter school impacts: Final report" (NCEE 2010-4029). Washington, DC: National Center for Educational Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education (ED510573).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
IES Funded: Yes