ERIC Number: ED530095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov-12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Review of "How New York City's Charter Schools Affect Achievement"
Reardon, Sean F.
Education and the Public Interest Center
"How New York City's Charter Schools Affect Achievement" estimates the effects on student achievement of attending a New York City charter school rather than a traditional public school and investigates the characteristics of charter schools associated with the most positive effects on achievement. Because the report relies on an inappropriate set of statistical models to analyze the data, however, the results presented appear to overstate the cumulative effect of attending a charter school. In addition, the report does not provide enough technical discussion and detailed description to enable a reader to assess the validity of some aspects of the report's methodology and results. Policymakers, educators, and parents, therefore, should not rely on these estimates until the authors provide more technical detail and the analysis has undergone rigorous peer review. (Contains 21 notes.)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Achievement Rating, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, School Effectiveness, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Research Methodology, Evaluation Problems, Research Problems, Institutional Characteristics, Comparative Analysis, Comparative Testing, Statistical Bias, Research Reports, Validity, Error of Measurement, Robustness (Statistics), Educational Policy, Educational Practices
Education and the Public Interest Center. School of Education, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309. Tel: 303-447-EPIC; Fax: 303-492-7090; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.colorado.edu/education/centersoutreach/epic.html
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice
Authoring Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder, Education and the Public Interest Center; Arizona State University, Education Policy Research Unit
Identifiers - Location: New York