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Charter High Schools' Effects on Educational Attainment and Earnings

January 30, 2014

This issue brief discusses a new analysis, using data from Florida and Chicago, suggesting that charter high schools are not only increasing postsecondary educational attainment but may also boost students' long-run earnings.

Achievement and Attainment in Chicago Charter Schools 2009

March 17, 2009

Examines whether Chicago's charter schools "skim the cream" of traditional public school students and how they affect racial stratification, test-score gains in elementary and middle grades, high school graduation and college entry rates, and ACT scores.

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

March 17, 2009

Examines the student characteristics and effects of charter schools on students' test-score gains, high school graduation and college attainment rates, and test scores in nearby traditional public schools. Includes policy and research recommendations.

Achievement and Attainment in Chicago Charter Schools 2008

May 1, 2008

Examines whether charter schools draw high- or low-achieving students, how they affect the racial mix in the city's public schools, what achievement gains they realize, and what longer-term outcomes, as in graduation and college-entry rates, are expected.

Evaluating the Performance of Philadelphia's Charter Schools

March 19, 2008

Charter schools, publicly funded schools that operate autonomously outside the direct control of local school districts and generally enroll students through the choices of their parents rather than through residential assignment, have proven to be popular in Philadelphia. This report examines the effect charter schools are having on student achievement in Philadelphia. In addition to the schools' effect on reading and mathematics achievement, it looks at such questions as what types of students charter schools attract and whether charter schools have higher student turnover rates than traditional public schools. The authors find that students' average gains when attending charter schools are statistically indistinguishable from the gains they experienced while at traditional public schools. Charter schools are attracting students whose prior achievement levels (when they were in traditional district schools) are slightly below the district-wide average, but higher than the average achievement levels of the traditional public schools they left. There is no evidence that the district schools located in neighborhoods with the greatest charter competition are performing any differently as a result of the competition with charter schools.

State Takeover, School Restructuring, Private Management, and Student Achievement in Philadelphia

February 16, 2007

Following a state takeover of the Philadelphia public schools in 2002, 45 schools were turned over to private managers, making Philadelphia the site of the nation's largest experiment in the private management of public schools. This collaborative study by RAND Corporation and Research for Action examines achievement effects in the privately managed schools, as well as in schools with district-led interventions, and examines these effects in the context of districtwide trends in achievement.