- School Choice Options, Instructional Conditions, and Student Achievement Gains
Authors: Mark Berends, Marisa Cannata, Xiu Cravens, Ellen Goldring, Roberto V. Peñaloza, Marc Stein
Because school choice research on student achievement is mixed, many researchers and policymakers advocate looking inside the black box of schools to better understand the conditions under which schools of choice may be effective. We begin to address this issue with data comparing traditional public schools to a matched set of choice schools (charter, magnet, and private). In our multi-level analyses of these data, we find a positive association of charter school attendance and student achievement gains. We also find positive associations among some of our measures of instructional conditions and student achievement.