Charter Schools

  • 03.07.17

    School Choice 101

    Many Republicans have lauded school choice for a number of years. In fact, the new administration's Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has strongly supported school choice. As the new administration addresses education in the United States, it is important to understand what they mean when they say "School Choice....

    Many Republicans have lauded school choice for a number of years. In fact, the new administration's Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has strongly supported school choice.

    As the new administration addresses education in the United States, it is important to understand what they mean when they say "School Choice." This fact article answers key questions about school choice including:

    1) What do people mean when they say school choice?

    2) What is the voucher program?

    3) How does the voucher program work?

    4) What are the other school choice programs?

    5) Why is school choice controversial?

    6) What have been the results of school choice programs so far? 

  • 06.01.10

    The Evaluation Of Charter School Impacts

    This report begins with the statement that "Charter schools, first launched in the 1990s, are an important and growing component of the public school system in the United States." However, it asks - "How, and under what circumstances charter schools improve the outcomes of students who attend them?" It comes to a ...

    This report begins with the statement that "Charter schools, first launched in the 1990s, are an important and growing component of the public school system in the United States." However, it asks - "How, and under what circumstances charter schools improve the outcomes of students who attend them?"

    It comes to a number of key findings about charter schools:

    • On average, charter middle schools that hold lotteries are neither more nor less successful than traditional public schools in improving student achievement, behavior, and school progress.

    • The impact of charter middle schools on student achievement varies significantly across schools.

    • In our exploratory analysis, for example, we found that study charter schools serving more low income or low achieving students had statistically significant positive effects on math test scores, while charter schools serving more advantaged students—those with higher income and prior achievement—had significant negative effects on math test scores.

    • Some operational features of charter middle schools are associated with more positive (or less negative) impacts on achievement.