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Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy

Using an individual panel data set to control for student fixed effects, we estimate the impact of charter schools on students in charter schools and in nearby traditional public schools. We find that students make considerably smaller achievement gains in charter schools than they would have in public schools. The large negative estimates of the effects of attending a charter schools are neither substantially biased, nor substantially offset, by positive impacts of charter schools on traditional public schools. Finally, we find suggestive evidence that about 30 percent of the negative effect of charter schools is attributable to high rates of student turnover. (Contains 28 notes, 12 tables, and 2 figures.)

Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Charter Schools, Comparative Analysis, Public Schools, Academic Achievement, Student Mobility, School Choice, Scores

Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. Box 90239, Durham, NC 27708-0239. Tel: 919-613-7401; Fax: 919-681-8288; e-mail: ppsinfo[at]duke.edu; Web site: http://www.pubpol.duke.edu.





Author: Bifulco, Robert; Ladd, Helen F.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6415&id=ED493385







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