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Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 27, Issue 10, pp 3132–3140 | Cite as

Charter School Enrollment Effects: A Review of Results from Recent Large-Scale Studies

  • Luke J. RapaEmail author
  • Antonis Katsiyannis
  • Robin Parks Ennis
Invited Review
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Abstract

Responding to calls for increased accountability regarding performance of students in public schools and concerns over the capacity of public schools to improve outcomes, school choice has become a mainstream and often controversial issue in public education; it is also a priority of the current federal government administration. Given the mixed evidence of effects on academic performance of charter school enrollment, along with the common perception that charter schools fail to meet the needs of special populations of students—including students with disabilities and English language learners (ELLs)—this study examined the performance of these subgroups across traditional public schools and charter schools. Specifically, we reviewed five recent large-scale studies that assess the impact of charter schools on academic performance paying particular attention to how students with disabilities and students identified as ELLs fare in charter schools relative to their peers served in traditional district schools.

Keywords

Charter schools Enrollment effects Students with disabilities English language learners 

Notes

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luke J. Rapa
    • 1
    Email author
  • Antonis Katsiyannis
    • 1
  • Robin Parks Ennis
    • 2
  1. 1.Clemson UniversityClemsonUSA
  2. 2.University of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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