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A Think Twice Review of:

Charter Management Organizations 2017

Think Twice - Sep 07, 2017

Publisher/Think Tank - Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO)

Author(s) - James Woodworth, Margaret Raymond, Chunping Han, Yohannes Negassi, W. Payton Richardson, and Will Snow

A report from the Center for Research on Educational Outcomes (CREDO) looked at the impact of charter school operating organizations. The report found that students in charter schools demonstrated slightly greater gains in performance than peers in traditional public schools, especially in charter schools operated by certain types of management organizations. The report contributes to an expansive body of existing research on charter schools by expanding on its prior work by exploring differences in charter school performance based on management organization type.

Reviewer(s) - Gary Miron and Christopher Shank, Western Michigan University

An academic review highlights a number of concerns that have gone unaddressed. The report fails to build on prior research in creating its charter school classification system. The reviewers note that the report uses confusing and illogical distinctions between organization types, which are arbitrary and unsupported by research. Additionally, the review calls into question other methodological decisions that threaten the validity of the study.