WWC review of this study

The evaluation of charter school impacts: Final report (NCEE 2010-4029).

Gleason, P., Clark, M., Tuttle, C. C., & Dwoyer, E. (2010), Washington, DC: National Center for Educational Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education.

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
     examining 
    2,150
     students 
    in grades
    4-7
At least one statistically significant positive finding
Meets WWC standards without reservations

Reviewed: September 2010

Academic achievement outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
Measure
Comparison  Period Sample Intervention
Mean
Comparison
Mean
Significant? Improvement
Index

Math z-score

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
2,128 students

0.34

0.39

No

--
More Outcomes

Math z-score

Business as usual

Year 2

Overall
2,035 students

0.32

0.38

No

--

Reading z-score

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
2,150 students

0.4

0.44

No

--

Reading z-score

Business as usual

Year 2

Overall
2,040 students

0.31

0.38

No

--
Behavior outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
Measure
Comparison  Period Sample Intervention
Mean
Comparison
Mean
Significant? Improvement
Index

Parent presence in student's school index

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,928 students

1.86

1.75

Yes

 
 
9
More Outcomes

Parent reports being called about behavior

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,929 students

0.26

0.23

Yes

 
 
6

Student sent out of class 5+ times

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,813 students

0.23

0.19

Yes

 
 
4

Parent reports bad behavior in school

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,928 students

0.09

0.09

No

--

Student reported bad behavior index

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,816 students

1.18

1.18

No

--

Student reported good behavior index

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,816 students

2.27

2.27

No

--

Student suspended

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
2,057 students

0.04

0.04

Yes

-6
 
 

Parent is a member of school's PTA

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,924 students

0.33

0.39

Yes

-8
 
 

Student suspended

Business as usual

Year 2

Overall
2,037 students

0.05

0.06

Yes

-11
 
 
Emotional/internal behavior outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
Measure
Comparison  Period Sample Intervention
Mean
Comparison
Mean
Significant? Improvement
Index

Student reports completing homework mostly or always

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,815 students

0.91

0.86

Yes

 
 
13
More Outcomes

Parent reported index of how well-adjusted student is

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,929 students

3.42

3.34

Yes

 
 
9

Parent reports that student works hard

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,970 students

0.92

0.91

Yes

 
 
7

Extracurricular activing index

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,816 students

2.75

2.54

Yes

 
 
6

Parent expects student to attend college

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,926 students

0.93

0.92

No

--

Parent concerns about student index

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,929 students

2.11

2.13

No

--

Student reports completing homework always

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,815 students

0.57

0.57

No

--

Student expects to attend college

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,808 students

0.89

0.87

No

--
Knowledge, attitudes, & values outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
Measure
Comparison  Period Sample Intervention
Mean
Comparison
Mean
Significant? Improvement
Index

Parent rates school as excellent

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,903 students

0.7

0.37

Yes

 
 
33
More Outcomes

Index of parent satisfaction with school

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,928 students

3.4

3.11

Yes

 
 
26

Student likes school a lot

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,816 students

0.75

0.62

Yes

 
 
20

Index of how often school calls parent

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,931 students

0.71

0.54

Yes

 
 
17

Index of student feelings about school

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,816 students

3.45

3.31

Yes

 
 
11

Parent strongly agrees student likes school

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,928 students

0.49

0.39

Yes

 
 
11

Student reported index of teachers

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,816 students

3.42

3.33

Yes

 
 
9

Student reported index of school's disciplinary environment

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,815 students

3.22

3.13

Yes

 
 
9

Parent involvement in student's education index

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,932 students

2.8

2.79

Yes

 
 
9

Parent reported academic difficulty index

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,934 students

1.99

1.92

Yes

 
 
7

Grade student gives to school

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,816 students

3.43

3.37

No

--

Index of parent perception of sch problmes

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,898 students

1.28

1.46

Yes

-14
 
 
Other academic performance outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
Measure
Comparison  Period Sample Intervention
Mean
Comparison
Mean
Significant? Improvement
Index

Promoted to next grade

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
2,116 students

0.99

0.99

Yes

 
 
30
More Outcomes

Promoted to next grade

Business as usual

Year 2

Overall
2,075 students

0.99

0.99

Yes

 
 
12

Late more than 5 days

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,960 students

0.19

0.14

Yes

 
 
5

Number of days absent

Business as usual

Year 2

Overall
2,027 students

6.99

6.76

Yes

 
 
4

Number of days absent

Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
2,057 students

6.19

6.56

No

--

Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.


  • 9% English language learners

  • 34% Free or reduced price lunch
  • Race
    Black
    11%
    White
    58%
  • Ethnicity
    Hispanic
    28%
    Not Hispanic
    72%
 

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