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Charter School Dust-Up (Intro)

Charter School Dust-Up (Intro)

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The Charter SchoolDust-Up
Examining the Evidenceon Enrollment and Achievement
Martin Carnoy, Rebecca Jacobsen,Lawrence Mishel, and Richard Rothstein
E
CONOMIC
P
OLICY 
I
NSTITUTE
 
About the authors
Martin Carnoy
is a research associate of the Economic Policy Instituteand professor of education and economics at Stanford University(carnoy@stanford.edu).
Rebecca Jacobsen
is a research assistant of the Economic PolicyInstitute, a graduate student in politics and education at TeachersCollege, Columbia University, and formerly a teacher in New York City andConnecticut public schools (rjj7@columbia.edu)
Lawrence Mishel
is president of the Economic Policy Institute anddirector of its education research and policy program(lmishel@epinet.org).
Richard Rothstein
is a research associate of the Economic PolicyInstitute and a visiting professor at Teachers College, Columbia Univer-sity (rr2159@columbia.edu).Copyright © 2005.Published simultaneously by the Economic Policy Instituteand Teachers College Press.
ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE
1660 L Street, NW, Suite 1200Washington, D.C. 20036www.epinet.org TEACHERS COLLEGE PRESS1234 Amsterdam AvenueNew York, NY 10027www.teacherscollegepress.comISBN: 0-8077-4615-0
 
Table of contents
Introduction and summary
......................................................................... 1
Chapter 1. The reaction to the AFT’s reporton charter school scores
............................................................................ 9
Chapter 2. Can the ‘dust-up’ lead to a new consensusin education research and policy?
.......................................................... 17
Chapter 3. Problems with the critiques of the NAEP reportby charter school supporters
................................................................... 21No schools, charter or regular public, should beShortcomings of ‘No Child Left Behind’How charter school zealots helped createevaluated using point-in-time score levels ........................................ 21performance measures ....................................................................... 23the NAEP charter sample .................................................................... 25
Chapter 4. Are charter school students more disadvantagedthan regular public school students, and does this explaincharter schools’ unexpectedly low NAEP scores?
................................ 29How selection bias complicates the evaluationComparative studies of charter and regular publicof charter schools ................................................................................ 29The NCES analysis of the charter school NAEP sample ................... 33school demographics in individual states ......................................... 36 Arizona ........................................................................................... 37California ....................................................................................... 37Colorado ........................................................................................ 40Connecticut ................................................................................... 41District of Columbia ...................................................................... 42Florida ............................................................................................ 42Illinois ............................................................................................. 42Massachusetts .............................................................................. 42Michigan ........................................................................................ 43North Carolina .............................................................................. 44Pennsylvania ................................................................................ 44Texas ............................................................................................. 44Wisconsin ...................................................................................... 45Summary of demographic data from state-level studies .......... 45

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