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Title:  WWC Quick Review of the Report "Charter School Performance in Indiana"
Description: Charter School Performance in Indiana is a study examining the effect of charter school attendance on annual student achievement growth in math and reading. The study analyzed data from a large sample of students in grades 4 through 9 in Indiana from 2004 to 2008. The authors matched charter school students to similar students attending traditional public schools based on test scores and demographic characteristics. The study found that charter school studentsí annual math score growth and annual reading test score growth was slightly higher than a group of similar students attending traditional public schools. The study also found that, in general, charter school students with reading and math scores in the bottom half of the achievement distribution the previous year had significantly higher gains than their comparison counterparts. The research meets WWC research standards with reservations because the charter school students may have differed from the matched traditional public school students in ways not controlled for in the analysis.
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Cover Date: September 2011
Web Release: September 27, 2011
Print Release:
Publication #: WWC QRCS0911
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Center/Program: WWC
Associated Centers: NCEE
Type of Product: Quick Review
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