Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition

Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780833046932
Publisher: RAND Corporation
Publication date: 05/16/2009
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Brian Gill (Ph.D., Jurisprudence and Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley; J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley) is a social scientist at RAND. Areas of expertise include K-12 assessment and accountability, school choice (including vouchers and charter schools), family and community roles in education, and expert evidence.

Table of Contents

Preface iii

Tables vii

Summary xi

Acknowledgments xxi

Abbreviations xxiii

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Geographic Locations Included in the Analysis 3

Data Description 3

Chapter 2 Students Transferring to Charter Schools 7

Prior Achievement of Students Transferring to Charter Schools 8

Transfers to Charters and Racial and Ethnic Stratification 12

Chapter Summary 19

Chapter 3 Student Achievement in Charter Schools 21

Analytical Details 26

Notes on Interpreting Results 29

Sensitivity Tests 32

Student Achievement in Virtual Charter Schools 39

Student Achievement, by Age of Charter School 41

Student Achievement, by Race 46

Examination of the Variance in Performance 48

Chapter Summary 50

Chapter 4 Educational Attainment Effects of Charter High Schools 53

Data 55

Results 57

Probit Estimates of the Determinants of Educational Attainment 60

Chapter Summary 75

Chapter 5 Competitive Effects of Charter Schools on Student Achievement in Traditional Public Schools 77

Analytical Details 78

Chapter 6 Implications for Policy and Research 83

Key Findings 84

Policy Implications 86

Methodological and Research Implications 91


A Data 95

B Chapter Three Regression Results 105

C Supporting Data 117

D Chapter Five Regression Results 123

Bibliography 129

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