Examining charter student achievement effects across seven states

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

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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 shown mixed results for student achievement; this could be the consequence of different policy environments or varying methodological approaches with differing assumptions across studies. In our analysis, we discuss these approaches and their assumptions and estimate charter school achievement effects using a consistent methodology across seven locations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-224
Number of pages12
JournalEconomics of Education Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012

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Funding Information:
Financial support for the research was provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation , the Joyce Foundation , and the William Penn Foundation .


  • Charter schools
  • School choice
  • Student achievement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Economics and Econometrics


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