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dc.contributor Murphy, Jenni en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Wassmer, Robert W. en_US
dc.contributor.author Boeh-Sobon, Baxter R.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-06T23:07:29Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-06T23:07:29Z
dc.date.issued 2017-12-06
dc.date.submitted 2017-12-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/198557
dc.description Thesis (M.P.P.A., Public Policy and Administration)--California State University, Sacramento, 2017. en_US
dc.description.abstract Charter schools are a national controversy, and have been since they were first adopted in the early 1990s. Yet in nearly thirty years in operation, only half of the country knows what a charter school is, and perhaps more important, if they are effective. With the current administration putting school choice on a national platform, it is more important now more than ever to under charter schools. This study asks, in terms of academic achievement, do charter schools perform as well as traditional public schools? Using school-level panel data from the California Department of Education’s Academic Performance Index, this study uses fixed-effects analysis to test this question. This study finds that charter schools perform at the same levels as traditional public schools, and potentially even slightly better. This study also examines demographic and socioeconomic indicators, and their relationship to academic achievement. I identified a number of policy recommendations aimed at improving charter school, reducing funding disparities between charters and traditional schools, and ensuring underserved California’s have the opportunity to benefit from a fulfilling education. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Public Policy and Administration en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Fixed-effects en_US
dc.subject Panel data en_US
dc.subject Multicollinearity en_US
dc.subject Heteroskedasticity en_US
dc.subject School-level data en_US
dc.subject Charter schools en_US
dc.subject Academic achievement en_US
dc.title The effects of charter schools on the academic achievement of California students en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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