PER Distinguished Lecture Series: Josh Angrist
PER Distinguished Lecture Seri
Radical Recipes for School Reform: Testing Takeovers in New Orleans and Boston
Thursday, November 17, 2016
403 International Affairs Building
Charter takeovers are traditional public schools that close and then re-open as charter schools. Students enrolled in these schools when closed are guaranteed charter eats. We use this fact to estimate the effects of passive charter attendance: the grandfathering instrument compares students at schools designated for takeover with students who appear similar at baseline and who were attending similar schools not yet closed. Estimates for a large sample of takeover schools in the New Orleans Recovery School District show substantial gains from takeover enrollment. In Boston, where we can compare grandfathering and lottery estimates for a middle school, grandfathered students see achievement gains at least as large as the gains for students assigned seats in charter lotteries.