Charters boost graduation, college-going rates

Charter high school students in Chicago and Florida were significantly more likely to earn a diploma and go to college than comparable students, a Rand study concludes.

Controlling for observed student characteristics and test scores, . . . estimates indicate that among students who attended a charter middle school, those who went on to attend a charter high school were 7 to 15 percentage points more likely to earn a standard diploma than students who transitioned to a traditional public high school. Similarly, those attending a charter high school were 8 to 10 percentage points more likely to attend college.

The effect is similar to the impact of Catholic high schools on educational attainment.

About Joanne