Evaluating the Performance of Philadelphia's Charter Schools

Evaluating the Performance of Philadelphia's Charter Schools

Over the past decade, several reforms have been implemented to improve the performance of the Philadelphia School District, including the use of charter schools. A new working paper from RAND Education looks at what effects, if any, such schools have had on student achievement in the city. Funded by the Philadelphia School District and the William Penn, Bill & Melinda Gates, Joyce, and Stranahan foundations, the paper, Evaluating the Performance of Philadelphia's Charter Schools (64 pages, PDF), found, among other things, that students' average gains while attending charter schools are statistically indistinguishable from the gains they experience while attending traditional public schools, and that there is no evidence that district schools located in neighborhoods with the greatest charter school competition perform differently as a result of the competition.