Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2013 Jeremy B. Wolf
Using data from the DataQuest and Ed-Data databases provided by the California Department of Education (2006-2012), this study assesses if charter schools provide a net benefit to students compared to non-charter schools. Further, it examines if charter management organizations improve the performance of charter schools. I find that charter schools have no net benefit across all grades. However, charter schools get significantly better performance on high school language arts tests. Minority and low-income students perform better at charter schools than traditional public schools, especially at the middle school level. Minorities in middle schools perform even better at CMOs than independent charter schools.
Wolff, Jeremy B., "The Charter School Movement: The Impact of School Form on Performance" (2013). CMC Senior Theses. 577.