Indiana University SPEA Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy University of Pennsylvania AIR American University

Panel: The Latest Evidence on Charter Schools: Selection, Effectiveness, Best Practices and Systemic Effects

Saturday, November 14, 2015: 1:45 PM-3:15 PM
Tuttle Center (Hyatt Regency Miami)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Organizers:  Patrick Wolf, University of Arkansas
Panel Chairs:  Douglas N. Harris, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Discussants:  Mark Berends, Notre Dame University and John Witte, University of Wisconsin - Madison

The Effects of the New Orleans Post-Katrina Market-Based School Reforms on Student Achievement
Matthew F. Larsen, Lafayette College and Douglas N. Harris, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Educational “Best Practices” in New Orleans Public Charter Schools: An Exploratory Analysis
Patrick Wolf, University of Arkansas and Shannon Lasserre-Cortez, Southwest Regional Education Lab by SEDL

The Provision of Public Pre-K in the Absence of Centralized School Management
Lindsay Bell Weixler1, Jane Lincove2 and Alica Gerry1, (1)Tulane University, (2)University of Texas, Austin

Public charters are one of the most prominent education reforms of the past three decades. Started in Minnesota in 1990, charter schools are now legal in 45 states and serve over five percent of the school-age children in the U.S. Controversies remain regarding key questions surrounding these independently-run public schools including from what types of schools charters draw their students, what effects charters have on student achievement, what features of public charter schools are systematically associated with larger student achievement gains, and how does the widespread availability of public charter schools affect access to other support services. This panel includes rigorous empirical studies that address all four of these crucial questions and therefore will greatly advance our understanding of the broader impact of public charter schools in the U. S.
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