Mathematica built on its initial study of KIPP middle schools with this five-year project, designed to address the question of whether KIPP can maintain its effectiveness as the network grows. The study included an impact analysis, an implementation analysis, and a correlational analysis.
School Choice and Charters
Some reformers have long advocated for public school students to have more choice in the schools they attend. The idea is that facilitating enrollment in private schools or public charter schools will improve academic achievement for students otherwise stuck in low-performing schools, and force these schools to improve. Mathematica has been at the forefront of research in this area and is now leading the first national evaluation of the effectiveness of online charter schools.
KIPP: Preparing Youth for College
Market Signals: A Deep-Dive Analysis of Parental School Choice in Washington, DC
More school choice usually means more competition between schools. But whether that competition leads to good or bad outcomes depends on how parents are choosing their schools.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Charter School Evaluation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has focused efforts on improving education for children in its home city of Kansas City, Missouri. The foundation operated several programs that addressed the challenges faced in urban education, leading it to establish a charter school in 2011.
Evaluation of the District-Charter Collaboration Grants
Mathematica is measuring effects of the collaborations in seven cities that received grants to assess how these grants are fostering cooperation and equity between public and charter schools.
The Equity Project Charter School Evaluation (TEP)
Mathematica describes TEP’s instructional and personnel strategies, examines student characteristics and attrition rates, and reports impacts on student achievement during the school’s first four years.
An Evaluation of New York City School Vouchers
Mathematica along with researchers at Harvard University joined together in conducting an evaluation of the School Choice Scholarships Foundation (SCSF) program in New York City to examine the impact of vouchers on students and parents for students switching to private schools.
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Charter Management Organizations (CMOs)
This study examined the impact that CMOs had on student achievement, as well as the CMO structures, practices, and policy contexts that may influence these outcomes. Data sources included school records; site visits; CMO and district cost data; and surveys of CMOs, principals, and teachers.
In the School Choice Era, Making Shopping for Schools Easier
This project is running an experiment to learn how best to curate and present school choice data so that it is easy to use and understand and leads to smart choices.