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ERIC Number: ED567598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
Can Successful Schools Replicate? Evidence from Boston Charter Schools
Cohodes, Sarah; Setren, Elizabeth; Walters, Christopher
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
Can successful schools replicate? In a climate of school turnarounds, charter conversions, and new school openings, an important question is whether schools that have demonstrated success with in one or several schools can replicate their success with additional schools. The federal government's Investing in Innovation (i3) grant program has been provided over $650 million to scale up successful programs, with two of the largest grants going to school creation and replication through the KIPP network of charters schools and school turnaround through the whole school reform efforts Success for All. Of course, the idea of replicating successful schools is not a new one, with major (though largely unsuccessful) efforts in the 1990s to scale up whole school reform models to large numbers of schools (Berends, et al. 2002). In this paper, the authors use a change in the Massachusetts law that authorizes charter schools to examine whether charters deemed by the state as "proven providers" do indeed have the largest impacts on student outcomes and whether their replication campuses are similarly successful. Using a sample of 16 charter middle schools (4 "proven providers" by the state, 7 replicate campuses, and 3 schools that did not seek to replicate) in Boston (including 7,851 charter middle school lottery applicants), the authors seek to answer three questions: (1) do the charter schools that are allowed to replicate under Massachusetts law have larger impacts than other charter schools? In other words, are "proven providers" indeed proven? (2) do the new replication campuses produce similar test score gains to their parent campuses? and (3) how has the demand for charter schools changed over the time period when these new schools were introduced? Two tables are appended. [SREE documents are structured abstracts of SREE conference symposium, panel, and paper or poster submissions.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts (Boston)