Charter Schools

Data Mining

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How does class size reduction measure up to other common educational interventions in a cost-benefit analysis?

This analysis examined the cost effectiveness of research from Stuart Yeh on common sturctural interventions in education. Additionally, The Wing Institute analyzes class-size reduction using Yeh's methods.

States, J. (2009). How does class size reduction measure up to other common educational interventions in a cost-benefit analysis? Retrieved from how-does-class-size.

What is the postsecondary education level of school principals?
This analysis examines the Principal Follow-up Survey a component of the National Schools and Staffing Survey to determine principal education levels for public, private, and charter schools.
Keyworth, R. (2014). What is the postsecondary education level of school principals? Retrieved from what-is-postsecondary-education.
Do charter schools outperform traditional schools? (second analysis)
This analysis of charter schoolstudent achievement compared to public schools found small, but not critical differences. Greater differences were as likely to be found between charter school models.
States, J. (2010). Do charter schools outperform traditional schools? (second analysis) Retrieved from do-charter-schools-outperform811.
Do charter schools play a significant role in the American education system?
This analysis examined charter school growth and the impact his is having on local school budgets.
States, J. (2010). Do charter schools play a significant role in the American education system? Retrieved from do-charter-schools-play.
What are the costs and benefits of five common educational interventions?
This analysis examined the cost effectiveness of research from Stuart Yeh on common sturctural interventions in education.
States, J. (2010). What are the costs and benefits of five common educational interventions? Retrieved from what-are-costs-and.
Are Early Childhood Programs Worth the Investment?
This analysis reviewed four research studies on the long-lasting effects of early childhood development programs.
States, J. (2011). Are Early Childhood Programs Worth the Investment? Retrieved from are-early-childhood-programs.
Do charter schools outperform traditional schools?
The analysis found no significant differences between the math and reading scores for students assigned to charter schools as compared with public schools.
States, J. (2011). Do charter schools outperform traditional schools? Retrieved from do-charter-schools-outperform810.
Can the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) and Promise Academies of the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) charter school model be replicated on a national scale?
The analysis examined the impact of two charter school models, Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) academic performance and Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) and looks at issues of taking these models to scale.
States, J. (2014). Can the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) and Promise Academies of the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) charter school model be replicated on a national scale? Retrieved from can-knowledge-is-power.
What is the impact of school closure on student achievement?
This analysis examined students in Ohio that were affected by school closure. The data revealed closures disproportionately affected lower socio-economic students, low-achieving students, and students of color.
States, J. (2015). What is the impact of school closure on student achievement? Retrieved from what-is-impact-of813.

 

Presentations

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Evidence-based Education Policy: An Oxymoron

This paper examines the history, impact, and future of school reform in the context of empirical data, scientific research, and policy initiatives.

Keyworth, R. (2010). Evidence-based Education Policy: An Oxymoron [Powerpoint Slides]. Retrieved from 2010-ucberkeley-guest-presentation-randy-keyworth.

Forty Years of Public School Reform: What the Data Tell Us
This paper examines the history, impact, and future of school reform in the context of empirical data, scientific research, and policy initiatives.
Keyworth, R. (2010). Forty Years of Public School Reform: What the Data Tell Us [Powerpoint Slides]. Retrieved from 2010-capses-presentation-randy-keyworth.
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Academies KIPP 2013: Report Card (2013)

This report from KIPP provides a snap short of critical indicators from KIPP schools from across the United States.

Academies KIPP 2013: Report Card (2013) Retrieved from http://www.kipp.org/reportcard.

Student Enrollment Patterns and Achievement in Ohio’s Online Charter Schools

This research finds online charter schools perform worse than traditional public or schools. The study by New York University and the Rand corporation concludes that students in Ohio who are enrolled in virtual schools receive significantly less time engaged in instruction and are less likely to pass the Ohio Graduation Test.

Ahn, J, and McEachin, A. (2017). Student Enrollment Patterns and Achievement in Ohio’s Online Charter Schools. Education Researcher, Vol. XX No. X, pp. 1-14

Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic

This report highlights key developments in the effort to boost high school graduation rates during the past decade. It also outlines what it will take to get to 90 percent and identifies five critical areas--closing the opportunity gap between low-income students and their middle-to-high- income peers; solving the big city challenge; improving outcomes for students with disabilities; focusing on California; and boosting graduation rates for young men of color in key states--to help the nation reach its goal.

Balfanz, R., Bridgeland, J. M., Fox, J. H., DePaoli, J. L., Ingram, E. S., & Maushard, M. (2014). Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic. Annual Update 2014. Civic Enterprises.

The effect of charter schools on student achievement.

Assessing literature that uses either experimental (lottery) or student-level growth-based methods, this analysis infers the causal impact of attending a charter school on student performance.

Betts, J. R., & Tang, Y. E. (2019). The effect of charter schools on student achievement. School choice at the crossroads: Research perspectives, 67-89.

Charter Competition adn District Finances: Evidence from California students.

Using detailed expenditure data for school districts in California, this paper exploits variation in charter school enrollment across time and between districts to evaluate how district spending and overall financial health change as nearby charter sectors expand. Differences between results found in this analysis and those from similar analyses in other states may be explicable in terms of California’s economic and policy context, providing lessons for policymakers.

Bruno, P. (2017). Charter competition and district finances: Evidence from California. Working Paper.

The 2018 EdNext poll on school reform

Few issues engender stronger opinions in the American population than education, and the number and complexity of issues continue to grow.  The annual Education Next Survey of Public Opinion examines the opinions of parents and teachers across a wide range of topic areas such as: student performance, common core curriculum, charter schools, school choice, teacher salaries, school spending, school reform, etc.  The 12thAnnual Survey was completed in May, 2018.

Cheng, A., Henderson, M. B., Peterson, P.E. & West, M. R. (2019). The 2018 EdNext poll on school reform. Education Next19(1).

Mathematica's Evaluation of The Equity Project Charter School: High Salaries for Teachers, Positive Impacts on Student Achievement

This research found that by the end of the 2012–2013 school year, TEP’s impacts on student achievement were consistently positive across subjects and cohorts, with especially large effects in math. 

Ferguson, J., McCullough, M., Gil, B. (2014). Mathematica's Evaluation of The Equity Project Charter School: High Salaries for Teachers, Positive Impacts on Student Achievement. Retreived from https://www.mathematica-mpr.com/our-publications-and-findings/publications/if-mathematicas-evaluation-of-the-equity-project-charter-school-high-salaries-for-teachers-positive

Inside online charter schools

This study suggests that students of online charter schools had significantly weaker academic performance in math and reading, compared with their counterparts in conventional schools.

Gill, B., Walsh, L., Wulsin, C. S., Matulewicz, H., Severn, V., Grau, E., ... & Kerwin, T. (2015). Inside online charter schools. Cambridge, MA: Mathematica Policy Research. Retrieved November, 12, 2015.

Will anyone even qualify for the much-debated federal charter school program grant?

Good news coming from the Ohio Department of Education that the long-awaited Charter School program (CSP) grant funds will be soon available. However, the bad news is based on the announced criteria, hardly anyone will qualify for the money. 

O'Leary, J. D. (2017). Will anyone even qualify for the much-debated federal charter school program grant?. Fordham Institute. Retrieved from https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/will-anyone-even-qualify-much-debated-federal-charter-school-program-grant

Do Charter Middle Schools Improve Students’ College Outcomes?

This study examines the impact of Charter schools on college enrollment. The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) used college enrollment and completion data for students who (more than a decade ago) entered lotteries to be admitted to 31 charter middle schools across the United States.The results show that admission to a charter middle school did not affect college outcomes. Additionally, the study finds no consistent relationship between the impact a charter middle school achievement and the school’s impact on college outcomes.

Place, K., & Gleason, P. Do Charter Middle Schools Improve Students’ College Outcomes? (Study Highlights) (No. 61bd53574633412b9136328cb4e143ef). Mathematica Policy Research.

How does class size reduction measure up to other common educational interventions in a cost-benefit analysis?

This analysis examined the cost effectiveness of research from Stuart Yeh on common sturctural interventions in education. Additionally, The Wing Institute analyzes class-size reduction using Yeh's methods.

States, J. (2009). How does class size reduction measure up to other common educational interventions in a cost-benefit analysis? Retrieved from how-does-class-size.

The Cost-Effectiveness of Five Policies for Improving Student Achievement

This study compares the effect size and return on investment for rapid assessment, between, increased spending, voucher programs, charter schools, and increased accountability.

Yeh, S. S. (2007). The cost-effectiveness of five policies for improving student achievement. American Journal of Evaluation, 28(4), 416-436.

Are high-quality schools enough to increase achievement among the poor? Evidence from the Harlem Children's Zone.
This study examines the impact of attending Promise Academy charter schools of the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) on educational outcomes.
Dobbie, W., & Fryer, R.G., Jr. (2011). Are high-quality schools enough to increase achievement among the poor? Evidence from the Harlem Children's Zone. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 3(3), 158-187.
Whatever it takes: Geoffrey Canada's quest to change Harlem and America
This book tells the story of Geoffrey Canada's, a social service agency manager, and the Harlem Children's Zone charter schools that he created.
Tough, P. (2008). Whatever it takes: Geoffrey Canada's quest to change Harlem and America. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Student characteristics and achievement in 22 KIPP middle schools.
This report presents findings from a matched, longitudinal analysis designed to estimate Knowledge is Power Program's (KIPP) effect on student achievement.
Tuttle, C.C., Teh, B., Nichols-Barrer, I., Gill, B.P., & Gleason, P. ( 2010). Student characteristics and achievement in 22 KIPP middle schools. Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research.
San Francisco Bay Area KIPP schools: A study of early implementation and achievement: Final report
This report presents findings from an analysis of the implementation and impact of KIPP in five Bay Area middle schools over 3 years.
Woodworth, K.R., David, J.L., Guha, R., Wang, H., & Lopez-Torkos, A. (2008). San Francisco Bay Area KIPP schools: A study of early implementation and achievement: Final report. Menlo Park, CA: SRI International.
A Re-Analysis of the Effects of KIPP and the Harlem Promise Academies
This study investigates the possibility of an internal contradiction in the assumptions underlying the KIPP and HCZ models that would prevent the models from being scaled.
Yeh, S. S. (2013). A Re-Analysis of the Effects of KIPP and the Harlem Promise Academies. Teachers College Record, 115(4).
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Bellwether Education Partners
Bellwether Education Partners is a nonprofit dedicated to helping education organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Education News
EducationNews provides coverage, commentaries, and comprehensive views on education issues from all sides of the political spectrum.
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement.
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
NBER is dedicated to conducting economic research and to disseminating research findings among academics, public policy makers, and business professionals.
NewSchools
New Schools raise philanthropy from donors and use it to find, fund and support education entrepreneurs who are transforming public education.
Program on Education Policy and Governance -- Harvard (PEPG)
PEPG is a significant contributor to the systematic analysis of education policy and governing arrangements.
Public Impact
This organization conducts research and provides resources to the public in school leadership, school turnaround, funding, and charter school.
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