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The performance of charter schools in Wisconsin

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  • John Witte

    (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  • David Weimer

    (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  • Arnold Shober

    (Lawrence University)

  • Paul Schlomer

    (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Abstract

How have charter schools in Wisconsin performed relative to traditional public schools? Two analyses provide an answer: First, a comparison of achievement test scores for students in Milwaukee charter and traditional schools from 1998 to 2002 for grades 3 through 10 finds a relative advantage for charter school students using fixed effects and first difference specifications. Second, a methodological approach new to the debate over performance in choice schools assesses schoollevel standardized tests in the fourth and eighth grades for 2000-01 and 2001-02. The results for fourth grade are generally favorable for charter schools; those for eighth grade are mixed. Overall, the results from these two analyses suggest that charter schools in Wisconsin are performing somewhat better than the traditional public schools from which they draw students. © 2007 by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Volume (Year): 26 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 557-573

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Handle: RePEc:wly:jpamgt:v:26:y:2007:i:3:p:557-573

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  1. Zimmer, Ron & Gill, Brian & Booker, Kevin & Lavertu, Stéphane & Witte, John, 2012. "Examining charter student achievement effects across seven states," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 213-224.
  2. Bing-ru Teh & Moria McCullough & Brian P. Gill, 2010. "Student Achievement in New York City Middle Schools Affiliated with Achievement First and Uncommon Schools," Mathematica Policy Research Reports, Mathematica Policy Research 6698, Mathematica Policy Research.
  3. Christina Clark Tuttle & Bing-ru Teh & Ira Nichols-Barrer & Brian P. Gill & Philip Gleason, 2010. "Student Characteristics and Achievement in 22 KIPP Middle Schools," Mathematica Policy Research Reports, Mathematica Policy Research 6673, Mathematica Policy Research.
  4. Winters, Marcus A., 2012. "Measuring the effect of charter schools on public school student achievement in an urban environment: Evidence from New York City," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 293-301.
  5. Ron Zimmer & Brian Gill & Jonathon Attridge & Kaitlin Obenauf, 2013. "Charter School Authorizers and Student Achievement," Mathematica Policy Research Reports, Mathematica Policy Research 7808, Mathematica Policy Research.
  6. Carlson, Deven & Lavery, Lesley & Witte, John F., 2012. "Charter school authorizers and student achievement," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 254-267.
  7. Melissa A. Clark & Philip Gleason & Christina Clark Tuttle & Marsha K. Silverberg, 2011. "Do Charter Schools Improve Student Achievement? Evidence from a National Randomized Study," Mathematica Policy Research Reports, Mathematica Policy Research 7273, Mathematica Policy Research.

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