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Accountability and Flexibility in Public Schools: Evidence from Boston's Charters And Pilots

  • Atila Abdulkadiroğlu
  • Joshua D. Angrist
  • Susan M. Dynarski
  • Thomas J. Kane
  • Parag A. Pathak

We use student assignment lotteries to estimate the effect of charter school attendance on student achievement in Boston. We also evaluate a related alternative, Boston's pilot schools. Pilot schools have some of the independence of charter schools but are in the Boston Public School district and are covered by some collective bargaining provisions. Lottery estimates show large and significant score gains for charter students in middle and high school. In contrast, lottery estimates for pilot school students are mostly small and insignificant, with some significant negative effects. Charter schools with binding assignment lotteries appear to generate larger gains than other charters. Copyright 2011, Oxford University Press.

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Volume (Year): 126 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 699-748

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