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What is the study about?

The study examined whether shifting public schools to private management improved the academic achievement of eighth graders.

What did the study report?

Four years after the management change, the study found that test score gains in both reading and math were lower for the privately-managed schools than for the schools that remained under district control.


Byrnes, V. (2009). Getting a feel for the market: The use of privatized school management in Philadelphia. American Journal of Education, 115, 437–455.

This quick review was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-07-CO-0062.