Recent Study Shows "No Empirical Evidence" That Charters Push Out Students

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January 29, 2014 Charter school opponents claim that charter schools "push out" students that are low-achieving to bolster the school's academic profile and avoid the costs that serving challenging students might require. The authors of an analysis published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, September 4, 2013, examine exit patterns of an anonymous urban school district at both the aggregate and individual school levels. After running a wide variety of tests that utilize various measures of "low achieving," the authors found "no empirical evidence to support the notion of push-out."

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