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Economics of Education Review

April 2012 Volume 31, Number 2

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Number of articles: 11

  1. Two decades of charter schools: Expectations, reality, and the future

    Eugenia Toma & Ron Zimmer

    The first charter school law was passed in Minnesota in 1991 and with it, a new school reform movement began. After two decades, 41 states and Washington D.C. have adopted charter legislation. This... More

    pp. 209-212

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  2. Examining charter student achievement effects across seven states

    Ron Zimmer, Brian Gill, Kevin Booker, Stéphane Lavertu & John Witte

    Since their inception, charter schools have been a lighting rod for controversy, with much of the debate revolving around their effectiveness in improving student achievement. Previous research has... More

    pp. 213-224

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  3. Choices for studying choice: Assessing charter school effectiveness using two quasi-experimental methods

    Devora H. Davis & Margaret E. Raymond

    Two quasi-experimental methods – fixed effects (FE) and virtual control records (VCR) – were used to measure charter schooling in 14 states and two districts. The new VCR method uses all available ... More

    pp. 225-236

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  4. Using lotteries to evaluate schools of choice: Evidence from a national study of charter schools

    Christina Clark Tuttle, Philip Gleason & Melissa Clark

    This paper draws on data and experiences observing and analyzing school lotteries from the National Evaluation of Charter School Impacts () to describe the challenges associated with lottery-based ... More

    pp. 237-253

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  5. Charter school authorizers and student achievement

    Deven Carlson, Lesley Lavery & John F. Witte

    In this paper we analyze the relationship between charter school authorizers and student achievement. We perform this analysis using a 10-year panel dataset from Minnesota, a state that permits... More

    pp. 254-267

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  6. Explaining the gap in charter and traditional public school teacher turnover rates

    David A. Stuit & Thomas M. Smith

    This study uses national survey data to examine why charter school teachers are more likely to turnover than their traditional public school counterparts. We test whether the turnover gap is... More

    pp. 268-279

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  7. New schools, new students, new teachers: Evaluating the effectiveness of charter schools

    Celeste K. Carruthers

    It is widely acknowledged that charter schools tend to have less experienced teachers and higher teacher turnover, but to date, little effort has been made to identify the contribution of faculty... More

    pp. 280-292

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  8. Measuring the effect of charter schools on public school student achievement in an urban environment: Evidence from New York City

    Marcus A. Winters

    This paper uses student level data from New York City to study the relationship between a public school losing enrollment to charter school competitors and the academic achievement of students who ... More

    pp. 293-301

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  9. The relative efficiency of charter schools: A cost frontier approach

    Timothy J. Gronberg, Dennis W. Jansen & Lori L. Taylor

    Charters represent an expansion of public school choice, offering free, publicly funded educational alternatives to traditional public schools. One relatively unexplored research question... More

    pp. 302-317

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  10. School innovation in district context: Comparing traditional public schools and charter schools

    Courtney Preston, Ellen Goldring, Mark Berends & Marisa Cannata

    Market reforms in education are part of the educational policy landscape in many countries. Central to arguments for market reforms is the idea that competition and choice will spur changes in... More

    pp. 318-330

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  11. Some economic guidelines for design of a charter school district

    Henry M. Levin

    As the number of charter schools has grown nationally, there is increasing discussion of the consolidation of such schools into charter districts in which all schools would be charter schools from ... More

    pp. 331-343

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