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

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
2,128 students

0.34

0.39

No

--
More Outcomes

Math z-score

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 2

Overall
2,035 students

0.32

0.38

No

--

Reading z-score

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
2,150 students

0.4

0.44

No

--

Reading z-score

American charter schools vs. 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

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,928 students

1.86

1.75

Yes

 
 
9
More Outcomes

Parent reports being called about behavior

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,929 students

0.26

0.23

Yes

 
 
6

Student sent out of class 5+ times

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,813 students

0.23

0.19

Yes

 
 
4

Parent reports bad behavior in school

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,928 students

0.09

0.09

No

--

Student reported bad behavior index

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,816 students

1.18

1.18

No

--

Student reported good behavior index

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,816 students

2.27

2.27

No

--

Student suspended

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
2,057 students

0.04

0.04

Yes

-6
 
 

Parent is a member of school's PTA

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,924 students

0.33

0.39

Yes

-8
 
 

Student suspended

American charter schools vs. 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

American charter schools vs. 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

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,929 students

3.42

3.34

Yes

 
 
9

Parent reports that student works hard

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,970 students

0.92

0.91

Yes

 
 
7

Extracurricular activing index

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,816 students

2.75

2.54

Yes

 
 
6

Parent expects student to attend college

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,926 students

0.93

0.92

No

--

Parent concerns about student index

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,929 students

2.11

2.13

No

--

Student reports completing homework always

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,815 students

0.57

0.57

No

--

Student expects to attend college

American charter schools vs. 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

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,903 students

0.7

0.37

Yes

 
 
33
More Outcomes

Index of parent satisfaction with school

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,928 students

3.4

3.11

Yes

 
 
26

Student likes school a lot

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,816 students

0.75

0.62

Yes

 
 
20

Index of how often school calls parent

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,931 students

0.71

0.54

Yes

 
 
17

Index of student feelings about school

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,816 students

3.45

3.31

Yes

 
 
11

Parent strongly agrees student likes school

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,928 students

0.49

0.39

Yes

 
 
11

Student reported index of teachers

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,816 students

3.42

3.33

Yes

 
 
9

Student reported index of school's disciplinary environment

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,815 students

3.22

3.13

Yes

 
 
9

Parent involvement in student's education index

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,932 students

2.8

2.79

Yes

 
 
9

Parent reported academic difficulty index

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,934 students

1.99

1.92

Yes

 
 
7

Grade student gives to school

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,816 students

3.43

3.37

No

--

Index of parent perception of sch problmes

American charter schools vs. 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

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
2,116 students

0.99

0.99

Yes

 
 
30
More Outcomes

Promoted to next grade

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 2

Overall
2,075 students

0.99

0.99

Yes

 
 
12

Late more than 5 days

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 1

Overall
1,960 students

0.19

0.14

Yes

 
 
5

Number of days absent

American charter schools vs. Business as usual

Year 2

Overall
2,027 students

6.99

6.76

Yes

 
 
4

Number of days absent

American charter schools vs. 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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