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ERIC Number: ED609871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 52
Abstractor: As Provided
Changes in the Performance of Students in Charter and District Sectors of U.S. Education: An Analysis of Nationwide Trends. Program on Education Policy and Governance Working Papers Series. PEPG 20-04
Shakeel, M. Danish; Peterson, Paul E.
Program on Education Policy and Governance
We use a quadratic equation to estimate trends in cohort performances in the charter and district sectors on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 4th and 8th grade between 2005 and 2017. Data consist of over four million test observations of nationally representative samples of students on seven separate math and reading tests. We estimate unadjusted trends as well as trends adjusted for changes in the demographic composition of the two sectors. Compared to district cohorts, we find steeper upward trends in mean charter performance. Larger sector differentials are observed for African Americans, low SES [socioeconomic status] students, and for students in the Northeast. No significant trend differences are observed for Hispanic and Asian Americans, suburban students and for students in the West. Since students in the two sectors may differ in relevant ways for reasons unrelated to demographic characteristics, inferences about changes in school production factors remain uncertain.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Program on Education Policy and Governance
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A