ERIC Number: EJ1019176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Is There Empirical Evidence That Charter Schools "Push Out" Low-Performing Students?
Zimmer, Ron W.; Guarino, Cassandra M.
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v35 n4 p461-480 Dec 2013
A major concern among opponents to charter schools is whether these schools will serve all students. Some have raised concerns that charter schools will "push out" low-achieving students in hopes of improving the schools' academic profile while minimizing costs by educating fewer challenging students. In this article, we use data from an anonymous major urban school district to examine whether we see exit patterns consistent with the claim that charter schools are more likely to push out low-achieving students than are traditional public schools (TPSs). Overall, we find no empirical evidence to support the notion of push-out.
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Low Achievement, Urban Schools, Traditional Schools, At Risk Students, Withdrawal (Education), Low Income Groups, Student Characteristics, Student Records, Attendance Patterns, Achievement Tests, Accountability, State Standards, Transfer Students, Regression (Statistics), Mathematics Achievement, Reading Achievement, Racial Differences, Minority Group Students, Special Education, Gender Differences, Limited English Speaking
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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