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ERIC Number: ED544294
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
WWC Review of the Report "Charter School Performance in New Jersey." What Works Clearinghouse Single Study Review
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The study examined the effect of 60 New Jersey charter schools on annual student achievement growth in reading and math. The study was based on data from a large sample of students in grades 3-8 during 5 school years (2006-07 through 2010-11). The study authors matched charter school students to students attending traditional public schools based on test scores and demographic characteristics. This matching process was conducted separately for each of the 5 study years. At least one match for 77% of charter school students in the sample (a total of about 16,500 students) could be identified. Study authors assessed the effectiveness of the charter schools by comparing average 1-year achievement gains of charter and comparison students on standardized reading and math tests. This calculation was based on the pooled sample of students in grades 3-8 across the 5 study years. The study authors reported that 1-year reading and math achievement gains of students in the charter schools were significantly greater than those of comparison students in traditional public schools. Charter school effects in Newark were positive, statistically significant, and larger than for New Jersey overall, while charter school effects for the other major cities in New Jersey were negative and statistically significant in reading and zero in math. The authors also examined charter school effects separately for Newark (a major city in New Jersey) and a collection of other major cities (Camden, Jersey City, Paterson, and Trenton). The research described in this report meets WWC evidence standards without reservations. Appendices include: (1) Study Details; (2) Outcome Measures for Each Domain; (3) Study Findings for Each Domain; and (4) Supplemental Findings by Domain. (Contains 1 endnote and a glossary of terms.) [The following study is reviewed herein: Center for Research on Education Outcomes. (2012). "Charter School Performance in New Jersey." Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey