ERIC Number: EJ1164098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Evidence on Charter School Practices Related to Student Enrollment and Retention
Anderson, Kaitlin P.
Journal of School Choice, v11 n4 p527-545 2017
Opponents of charter schools argue these schools "cream-skim" the best students from traditional public schools and push out hard-to-educate students. This paper reviews 22 studies of enrollment issues related to student achievement, special education status, English proficiency, and student discipline in US charter schools. Of the 22 studies, nine use student level data to rigorously test for evidence of strategic enrollment. While the charter sector as a whole tends to serve fewer special education students and English language learners, there is much within-sector variation. Over all, there is very little evidence of systematic "cream-skimming" or "push-out" in US charter schools.
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Choice, Educational Practices, Enrollment, Academic Persistence, English Language Learners, High Achievement, Low Achievement, Literature Reviews, Traditional Schools, Public Schools, Special Education
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