Is There Empirical Evidence that Charter Schools "Push Out" Low-Performing Students?

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Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, September 4, 2013.

Charter school opponents claim that charter schools "push out" students that are low-achieving to bolster the school's academic profile and avoid the costs that serving challenging students might require. The authors of this analysis examine exit patterns of an anonymous urban school district at both the aggregate and individual school levels. After running a wide variety of tests that utilize various measures of "low achieving," the authors found "no empirical evidence to support the notion of push-out."

Is there Empirical Evidence That Charter Schools Push Out Low-Performing Students? This analysis by Ron W. Zimmer and Cassandra M. Guarino finds "no empirical evidence of push-out." Published online in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis in September 4, 2013

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