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The Boston Globe; August 25, 2013

Charter schools are con­tro­ver­sial, but a new analy­sis of Boston’s char­ter high schools has found that they have had per­sis­tent pos­i­tive results. Students attend­ing these schools—which use lot­ter­ies for admission—were more likely to pass the state grad­u­a­tion exam and qual­ify for a state-sponsored col­lege schol­ar­ship, got higher SAT scores, sat for more AP exams, and were more likely to attend four-year pub­lic col­leges in Massachusetts. These gains were larger for boys, spe­cial edu­ca­tion stu­dents, and stu­dents with ini­tially low achievement.