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ERIC Number: ED528633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
The Evidence on Charter Schools and Test Scores. Policy Brief
Di Carlo, Matthew
Albert Shanker Institute
The public debate about the success and expansion of charter schools often seems to gravitate toward a tiny handful of empirical studies, when there is, in fact, a relatively well-developed literature focused on whether these schools generate larger testing gains among their students relative to their counterparts in comparable regular public schools. This brief reviews this body of evidence, with a focus on high-quality state- and district-level analyses that address, directly or indirectly, three questions: (1) Do charter schools produce larger testing gains overall?; (2) What policies and practices seem to be associated with better performance? and (3) Can charter schools expand successfully within the same location? (Contains 8 footnotes and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Albert Shanker Institute