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ERIC Number: ED530068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 40
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
Milwaukee Independent Charter Schools Study: Final Report on Four-Year Achievement Gains. SCDP Milwaukee Evaluation Report #31
Witte, John F.; Wolf, Patrick J.; Carlson, Deven; Dean, Alicia
School Choice Demonstration Project
The general purpose of this five-year evaluation is to assess the effectiveness of Milwaukee's independent charter schools in promoting student achievement growth. Independent charter schools are authorized by nonschool-district entities and are considered "independent" because they are not a part of the Milwaukee Public School District (MPS). Throughout the course of this report the authors will estimate four-year achievement gains for independent charter school students who were in grades 3-8 during the 2006-07 school year using reading and math achievement data from the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE). Specifically, the report presents the results of an analysis comparing achievement gains of independent charter students to the achievement gains of a carefully matched sample of students attending MPS. This report draws upon a panel of 2,295 students attending 10 of Milwaukee's 14 independent charter schools who were in grades 3-8 in 2006-07 with test scores for that year. The four charter schools excluded from the sample either were not open for both the baseline and outcome years or did not enroll students in tested grades. The 2,295 tested Milwaukee independent charter school students were carefully matched to an identically sized sample of students attending MPS to provide a comparison group against which the achievement gains of independent charter students could be assessed. Students were matched on prior achievement and propensity scores, which help to control for differences between students on observable characteristics. Appended are: (1) Study Attrition; (2) School Switching; and (3) Matching Algorithm. (Contains 15 tables, 5 figures and 14 footnotes.) [For the "MPCP Longitudinal Educational Growth Study: Fourth Year Report. SCDP Milwaukee Evaluation. Report # 23", see ED518597. Additional support for this report was provided by the Robertson Foundation.]
School Choice Demonstration Project. Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas, 201 Graduate Education Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Tel: 479-575-3172; Fax: 479-575-3196; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation; Joyce Foundation; Kern Family Foundation; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation; Walton Family Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Arkansas, School Choice Demonstration Project (SCDP)
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin