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Effectiveness of Michigan Charter Schools

Primary Investigator(s): Susan Dynarski

Funding Agency: Smith-Richardson Foundation, Institute of Educational Sciences

Amount: $250,000

Period: 3/1/2011 - 3/1/2013

This project is a rigorous, Michigan-wide analysis of the effect of charter schools on student performance and postsecondary schooling decisions, including college entry, choice and completion. The research will exploit the randomized lotteries conducted by over-subscribed schools as a source of identifying variation in charter school attendance. The study will not only estimate the overall effect of charter schools but also will investigate heterogeneity in the effect by student type, age of the charter school, charter practices and type of charter.