ERIC Number: ED565781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 80
Is There a Magnet School Effect? Using Meta-Analysis to Explore Variation in Magnet School Success. CRESST Report 843
Wang, Jia; Schweig, Jonathan D.; Herman, Joan L.
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
Magnet schools are one of the largest sectors of choice schools in the United States. In this study, we explored whether there is heterogeneity in magnet school effects on student achievement by examining the effectiveness of 24 recently funded magnet schools in 5 school districts across 4 states. We used a two-step analysis: First, separate magnet school effects were estimated using a propensity score matched regression approach to address selection bias. Second, the magnet effects were synthesized across schools using a multi-level random-effects meta-analytic framework. Results indicated that there is significant variation in magnet school effects on student outcomes, with some magnet schools showing positive effects, and others showing negative effects. This variation can be explained by program implementation and magnet support. Demographic Statistics for Matched Samples by District is appended.
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Success, School Effectiveness, Magnet Schools, Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Matched Groups, School Choice, Research Needs, Quasiexperimental Design, Student Characteristics, Predictor Variables, Program Implementation, Demography, Scores, Effect Size, Mathematics Achievement, Reading Achievement, Hierarchical Linear Modeling
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: American Education Solutions, Inc. (AES)
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)