Lottery estimates suggest Massachusetts' urban charter schools boost
achievement well beyond that of traditional urban public schools students,
while nonurban charters reduce achievement from a higher
baseline. The fact that urban charters are most effective for poor
nonwhites and low-baseline achievers contributes to, but does not
fully explain, these differences. We therefore link school-level charter
impacts to school inputs and practices. The relative efficacy of urban
lottery sample charters is accounted for by these schools' embrace of
the No Excuses approach to urban education. In our Massachusetts
sample, Non-No-Excuses urban charters are no more effective than
Angrist, Joshua D., Parag A. Pathak, and Christopher R. Walters.
"Explaining Charter School Effectiveness."
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics,
State and Local Government: Health; Education; Welfare; Public Pensions
Analysis of Education
Education: Government Policy