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ERIC Number: ED619856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 45
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: EISSN-
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The Growing Segmentation of the Charter School Sector in North Carolina
Ladd, Helen F.; Clotfelter, Charles T.; Holbein, John B.
Grantee Submission
A defining characteristic of charter schools is that they introduce a strong market element into public education. In this paper, we examine the evolution of the charter school sector in North Carolina between 1999 and 2012 through the lens of a market model. We examine trends in the mix of students enrolled in charter schools, the racial imbalance of charter schools, patterns in student match quality by schools' racial composition, and the distribution of test score performance gains compared to those in traditional public schools. In addition, we use student fixed effects models to examine plausibly causal measures of charter school effectiveness. Our findings indicate that charter schools in North Carolina are increasingly serving the interests of relatively able white students in racially imbalanced schools and that despite improvements in the charter school sector over time, charters schools are still no more effective on average than traditional public schools. [This paper was published in "Education Finance and Policy" v12 n4 p536-563 2017 (EJ1156416).]
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305C120008