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Title:  "Charter Schools and the Road to College Readiness: The Effects on College Preparation, Attendance and Choice"
Description: The study examined whether attending a Boston charter school affected students' high school and college outcomes. The study compared charter school students who were admitted via a random admission lottery and attended one of the six study charter schools to students who applied but were not admitted via lottery and instead attended another public school in Massachusetts. The study reported that students attending the six Boston charter schools included in the study scored significantly higher on the 10th grade state assessments in both English language arts and math, had significantly higher SAT scores, and were significantly more likely to attend a 4-year postsecondary institution than students who applied but were not admitted. There were no statistically significant differences between groups in AP exam passing rates, high school graduation rates, or overall college enrollment rates.
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Cover Date: July 2013
Web Release: July 10, 2013
Publication #: WWC QR00223
Center/Program: WWC
Associated Centers: NCEE
Authors: WWC
Type of Product: Quick Review
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