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Charter School Dust-Up: Examining the Evidence on Enrollment and Achievement
Charter School Dust-Up: Examining the Evidence on Enrollment and Achievement
By: Martin Carnoy, Rebecca Jacobsen, Lawrence Mishel, and Richard Rothstein


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book, 192 pages, 6" x 9" (paper), 2005
ISBN:807746150
When federal statistics showed test scores lower in charter than in regular schools, some charter school supporters insisted this must result from charter schools enrolling harder-to-teach minority students. Data show, however, that typical charter school students are not more disadvantaged, yet their average achievement is not higher. EPI's latest book, The Charter School Dust-Up: Examining the evidence on enrollment and achievement, reviews the existing research on charter schools and suggests how such debates could be improved: by carefully accounting for the difficulty of educating particular groups of students before interpreting test scores, and by focusing on student gains, not their level of achievement at any particular time.

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