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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.