The Effect of Charter Schools on Student Achievement: A Meta-Analysis of the Literature

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Author: Julian Betts and Y. Emily Tang, National Charter School Research Project
Published: October 2011

In this October 2011 meta-analysis, Julian Betts and Y. Emily Tang, writing for the National Charter School Research Project at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, take a look at the recent research on student achievement in charter schools across the country. By analyzing several rigorous studies, Betts and Tang found considerable variability in charter school performance. On average, charter schools outperform traditional public schools in elementary reading and mathematics and middle school mathematics, but no difference was found in reading or mathematics in high schools or in middle school reading.