School Choice / Charter School Evaluation Publications

School Choice:  Evidence and Recommendations
Date:  March 20, 2008

Editors:
        Gary Miron, Western Michigan University
        Kevin G. Welner, University of Colorado at Boulder
        Patricia H. Hinchey, Pennsylvania State University
        Alex Molnar, Arizona State University

School Choice:  Evidence and Recommendations, a collection of 10 policy briefs on specific topics under the umbrella of choice, brings together some of the top scholars in the field and presents a comprehensive overview of the best current knowledge of these important policies. Together, the briefs offer reason to believe that choice policies can further some educational goals, but they also offer many reasons for caution.

WMU Press Release [29 KB Word | 18 KB PDF]         EPRU / EPIC Press Release [42 KB Word | 41 KB PDF]

Download individual briefs from this report:
Executive Summary Available in Each Brief

Introduction  [33 KB PDF]
      Gary Miron, Western Michigan University
Negotiating Public and Private: Philosophical Frameworks for Understanding School Choice  [50 KB PDF]
      Terri Wilson, Teachers College, Columbia University
How Legislation and Litigation Shape School Choice  [368 KB PDF]
      Julie Mead, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Impact of Advocacy Funding on the School Choice Debate  [452 KB PDF]
      Wendy C. Chi, University of Colorado at Boulder
School Choice and Accountability  [61 KB PDF]
      Gregg Garn, University of Oklahoma; Casey Cobb, University of Connecticut
Funding Formulas, School Choice, and Inherent Incentives  [19 KB PDF]
      Clive Belfield, Queens College, City University of New York
Teacher Qualifications and Work Environments Across School Types  [398 KB PDF]
      Marisa Cannata, Vanderbilt University
Educational Innovation and Diversification in School Choice Plans  [369 KB PDF]
      Chris Lubienksi, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
School Choice and Segregation by Race, Class, and Achievement  [430 KB PDF]
      Roslyn Mickelson, Stephanie Southworth, and Martha Bottia, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
The Competitive Effect of School Choice Policies on Public School Educational Outcomes  [314 KB PDF]
      David Arsen, Michigan State University; Yongmei Ni, University of Utah
The Impact of School Choice Reforms on Student Achievement  [638 KB PDF]
      Gary Miron, Stephanie Evergreen, and Jessica Urschel, Western Michigan University

 
June 2007 Evaluating the Impact of Charter Schools on Student Achievement:  A Longitudinal Look at the Great Lakes States
Date: June 5, 2007
Author: Gary Miron, Ph.D., Chris Coryn, Ph.D., and Dawn M. Mackety, Ph.D.
Institution: Western Michigan University

The aim of this study is to examine the impact of charter schools on student achievement in the Great Lakes states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. This evaluation addresses two specific questions: How does student achievement in charter schools compare with student achievement in demographically similar, traditional public schools? Do charter schools show promise of being an effective strategy for improving student achievement over time, even if they are not yet outperforming traditional public schools?

Press Release
Executive Summary
May 2007 Teacher Attrition in Charter Schools
Gary Miron, and Brooks Applegate
March 2007 Evaluation of the Delaware Charter School Reform: Final Report {4.2 MB PDF}
Evaluation of the Delaware Charter School Reform: Executive Summary {513 KB PDF}
March 2006 School Choice Special Interest Group (SIG) Newsletter {74 KB PDF}
(AERA Newsletter, March 2006)
February 2006 Evaluation of the Delaware Charter School Reform: Year 2 Report {665 KB PDF}
Gary Miron, Barbara Wygant, Anne Cullen, and Brooks Applegate
December 2005 "Evaluating charter schools: Issues and obstacles." Urban Ed. Fall/Winter, 2005.
Gary Miron
October 2005 "Exploring the Correlates of Academic Success in Pennsylvania Charter Schools." (Occasional Paper #105 at the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education) {260 KB PDF}
Christopher Nelson and Gary Miron
April 2005 Strong Charter School Laws are Those That Result in Positive Outcomes {232 KB PDF}
(paper presented at AERA conference, April 2005)
Gary Miron
March 2005 Challenges of Starting and Operating Charter Schools: A Multicase Study {1.35 MB PDF}
February 2005 Evaluating the Performance of Charter Schools in Connecticut {392 KB PDF}
Gary Miron
December 2004 Evaluation of the Delaware Charter School Reform: Year 1 Report {1.65 MB PDF}
Gary Miron
Executive summary for the report {40 KB PDF}
Press release for the report {37 KB Word file}
Spring 2004 "Student Achievement in Charter Schools: What We Know and Why We Know So Little." Chapter in K. Bulkley & P. Wohlstetter (eds.). Cutting Loose: and Education in Charter Schools. New York: Teachers College Press
Gary Miron and Christopher Nelson
Spring 2004 "Professional Opportunities for Teachers: A View from Inside Charter Schools." Chapter in K. Bulkley & P. Wohlstetter (eds.). Cutting Loose: and Education in Charter Schools. New York: Teachers College Press
Christopher Nelson and Gary Miron
October 2002 Strengthening Pennsylvania's Charter School Reform: Findings from the Statewide Evaluation and Discussion of Relevant Policay Issues
Gary Miron, Christopher Nelson, and John Risley
September 2002 Evaluation of Connecticut Charter Schools and the Charter School Initiative {1.56 MB PDF}
July 2002 The Evaluation of the Illinois Charter School Reform: Final Report
(This report can be requested from the Illinois State Board of Education)
Christopher Nelson and Gary Miron
Illinois Charter Schools Project Web site
March 2002 What's Public About Charter Schools? Lessons Learned About Choice and Accountability
(Book published by Corwin Press)
December 2001 Student Academic Achievement in Charter Schools: What We Know and Why We Know So Little {210 KB PDF}
(Occassional Paper #41 at the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education)
Gary Miron and Christopher Nelson
Press release for the occasional paper
December 2000 An Evaluation of Student Achievement in Edison Schools Opened in 1995 and 1996 {2.8 MB PDF}
October 2000 Autonomy in Exchange for Accountability: An Initial Study of Pennsylvania Charter Schools
Gary Miron and Christopher Nelson
Pennsylvania Charter Schools Project Web site
July 2000 An Evaluation of the Michigan Charter School Initiative: Performance, Accountability and Impact
Jerry Horn and Gary Miron
Michigan Charter Schools Project
1st Evaluation of Michigan Charter Schools (Final Report, January 1999)
     Executive Summary (25 pages)
    Text of the Report (120 pages)
    Appendices  (58 pages)
    Metaevaluation Report  (May 1999)

2nd Evaluation of Michigan Charter Schools (Final Report, July 2000)
(See below the links to individual components of the 2nd report.)

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