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ERIC Number: EJ748074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0972
Charter Schools and Urban Education Improvement: A Comparison of Newark's District and Charter Schools
Barr, Jason M.; Sadovnik, Alan R.; Visconti, Louisa
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v38 n4 p291-311 Nov 2006
This article compares student achievement of fourth graders in charter schools and district public schools in Newark, New Jersey. We find that Newark and New Jersey's charter schools mirror the educational inequalities of the state as a whole, as well as its Abbott Districts. The data indicate that charter schools are similar to district urban public schools, with pockets of excellence and mediocrity. We measure school performance based on two criteria: actual test score performance, and the difference between actual and predicted performance. We find that some charter schools are able to achieve performance above predicted, given their school and student characteristics, while other schools do worse than predicted. Thus charter schools are not simply a magic bullet, but rather they warrant further investigation to see which practices work and which don't, especially in a challenging urban setting such as Newark.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey