Mixed Results from Charter School Impact Research
|January 31, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Education, Evaluation, Policy||
The latest findings from an ongoing study of the effectiveness of charter schools on student achievement indicate some are having a positive impact on student graduation rate and college enrollment.
The report Charter-School Management Organizations: Diverse Strategies and Diverse Student Impacts, conducted by Mathematica and the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) -University of Washington looked at the effect of charter school management organizations (CMOs) on test scores, graduation and post-secondary education planning. While the data indicate a positive impact on high school graduation statistics (for schools with that data), the overall impact on student academic achievement by school varied considerably.
The study also examined characteristics of CMO schools in relation to positive educational impacts, finding:
- high levels of teacher coaching were associated with positive impacts on academic achievement;
- performance-based teacher pay structure was not statistically associated with student achievement; and
- class size was not statistically associated with student achievement.
Previous reports from National Study of Charter Management Organization (CMO) Effectiveness are available online (as is this newest report) via the Mathematica website.