A new way to measure the impact of charter schools”

American Economic Association; September 19, 2016

Do char­ter schools improve their stu­dents’ test scores and lat­er life out­comes? This can be a tough ques­tion to answer because even when char­ter school stu­dents suc­ceed, it’s not always clear that the char­ter school is what’s respon­si­ble. Most researchers have stud­ied results from char­ter school admis­sions lot­ter­ies, but crit­ics wor­ry that these stud­ies don’t tell us any­thing about how the vast num­ber of stu­dents who don’t wind up in admis­sion lot­ter­ies would do in char­ter schools. In a study appear­ing in the July issue of the American Economic Review, authors Atila Abdulkadiroğlu, Joshua Angrist, Peter Hull, and Parag Pathak devel­op a new approach that can tell us more about how dif­fer­ent kinds of stu­dents respond to char­ter education.”