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ERIC Number: ED536516
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
A Review of the Research on Magnet Schools. Information Capsule. Volume 1105
Blazer, Christie
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Nationwide, magnet programs enroll more than twice the number of students served by charter schools, making them the most popular form of school choice. Across the U.S., over 1.5 million U.S. children attend magnet schools. In Miami-Dade County Public Schools, over 42,000 students are enrolled in magnet programs. The bulk of this report focuses on studies that have compared the academic achievement of magnet school students to that of students attending traditional public schools. A review of the research led to the following conclusion: Research examining whether magnet schools are associated with improved academic performance has produced mixed results, with some studies finding that magnet students have higher levels of achievement and other studies finding comparable performance between magnet and non-magnet students. Nevertheless, these studies indicate that students enrolled in magnet schools can benefit from their unique course offerings and innovative instructional practices while maintaining or increasing their achievement levels in core areas. The research reviewed for this Information Capsule also indicated: (1) Magnet schools tend to enroll larger proportions of Black and Hispanic students than traditional public schools. They have also been found to reduce high concentrations of poverty by attracting a more diverse population of students. However, research on magnet schools' success in promoting racial integration is mixed; (2) Students attending senior high magnet schools have higher graduation rates than students attending traditional public high schools; and (3) In most cases, students attending magnet schools are more likely to exhibit positive academic attitudes and behaviors than their peers enrolled in traditional public schools. A brief summary of the magnet programs offered in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is provided at the conclusion of this report.
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools. 1450 NE Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33132. Tel: 305-995-1000; Fax: 305-995-7521; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Research Services
Identifiers - Location: Florida; United States