• Charter Schools in North Carolina
    Year: 2006

  • Abstract:
    This paper draws heavily on published research on charter schools in North Carolina (Bifulco and Ladd, 2005, 2006, and forthcoming). As a result, most of the analysis ends in the academic year 2001/2002. The first two sections describe the North Carolina policy context and the administrative data used for this research. Subsequent sections then explore the patterns of racial segregation within charter schools; measure the effects of charter schools on the achievement of the students who attend them; describe the links between segregation, achievement and test score gaps; and examine how charter schools affect the performance of students in the traditional public schools. The paper concludes that the North Carolina charter school system has increased racial segregation, been detrimental on average to student achievement, and has widened the black-white test score gap.

The NCSC is funded by a 5 year, $13.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. Its lead institution is Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The center is housed on the campus of Peabody College, one of the nation's top graduate schools of education.