Tag Archives: Joshua Angrist

Welcome to the Profit of Education website. Continuing the conversation begun in the book Profit of Education, we discuss the latest economic evidence on education reform.

Explaining charter school effectiveness

“Explaining charter school effectiveness” is the title of newly published work by Angrist, Pathak, and Walters. The general evidence on charter schools is that on average they’re neither better nor worse than other public schools. What A., P., & W. … Continue reading

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Who Benefits from KIPP?

Evaluating the performance of a school can be a tough proposition because motivated parents may be more likely to send their kids to a school with a good reputation, so results reflect getting easy-to-teach kids rather than what the school … Continue reading

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  1. Bob Roseth says:

    It’s exactly for this reason that a carefully-crafted charter school law, such as the one that is on the ballot in Washington state, makes sense. While the Stanford/CREDO study can be read as saying that, on average, charters are no better than garden-variety public schools. But if you look more deeply, as this study suggests, some charter school organizations have developed models that, on average, produce results significantly above average — and that this bodes well when their target population is those at greatest risk. This is just one strategy for closing the achievement gap, but one worth having.

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Compulsory schooling until 18

In his state of the union address, President Obama suggested that all states raise the minimum school leaving age to 18. Education is a good thing, but it’s hard for an economist not to be suspicious that those students who … Continue reading

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Elite exam schools

In what’s been described as “dueling papers,” two competing sets of researchers measured the extra boost students get from attending an elite “exam school” such as Bronx High School of Science or Boston Latin. Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Joshua D. Angrist, and … Continue reading

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Charter schools: KIPP in Lynn, MA

Do charter schools work? Getting good statistical evidence is tough because parents who work to get their kids into a charter school are special (If you haven’t already, go see Waiting for Superman). We might expect their kids to outperform … Continue reading

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  1. MS says:

    How much can we legitimately extrapolate from the effect of KIPP to the effect of charter schools in general? Is there any good research out there on the variation in charter school quality?

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