Charter High Schools' Effects on Long-Term Attainment and Earnings (Journal Article)

Publisher: Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (published online ahead of print)
Apr 04, 2016
Authors
Tim R. Sass, Ron W. Zimmer, Brian P. Gill, and Kevin T. Booker
Since their inception in 1992, the number of charter schools has grown to more than 6,800 nationally, serving nearly three million students. Various studies have examined charter schools’ impacts on test scores, and a few have begun to examine longer-term outcomes including graduation and college attendance. This paper is the first to estimate charter schools’ effects on earnings in adulthood, alongside effects on educational attainment. Using data from Florida, we first confirm previous research (Booker et al., 2011) that students attending charter high schools are more likely to graduate from high school and enroll in college. We then examine two longer-term outcomes not previously studied in research on charter schools—college persistence and earnings. We find that students attending charter high schools are more likely to persist in college, and that in their mid-20s they experience higher earnings.