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The abstracts used in this resource were taken from the websites of organizations supplying the referenced documents.

What Works Clearinghouse Topic Page: School Organization and Governance
The WWC review of school organization and governance examines how the way schools organize staff, students, and resources affects learning. The impact of changing the governing structures of schools is also examined.


What Works Clearinghouse Topic Page: School Choice
The WWC review of school choice interventions examines the effect of different education models and school types on student achievement.


Gleason, P., Clark, M., Tuttle, C. C., & Dwoyer, E. (2010). The evaluation of charter school impacts: Final report (NCEE 2010-4029). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Educational Evaluation and Regional Assistance.
The WWC quick review of the report The evaluation of charter school impacts: Final report reviews a study that examined the effect of being offered enrollment at a charter middle school on student achievement and behaviors. The study analyzed data from two cohorts of more than 2,100 students in 29 sites across 15 states between 2005 and 2008. Enrollment offers at each charter school were granted by lottery. Student achievement was measured using state-level reading and math assessments that were standardized to ensure comparability across states. Other outcomes were obtained from school administrative records and from student and parent surveys. Study authors found that, on average, students admitted to charter middle schools through the lottery scored no differently on math and reading assessments than students not offered admission. These program impacts varied widely across study sites; some had positive outcomes and some had negative outcomes. The authors also found no significant overall effects on attendance, grade promotion, or student conduct. When comparing student and parent satisfaction, however, the authors reported consistent statistically significant positive results for students offered a spot in the charter schools. The WWC rated the research described in this report as meets WWC evidence standards, citing that it was a well-implemented randomized controlled trial.
(pdf, 76kb)


Li, J. (2009). Are charter schools making a difference? A study of student outcomes in eight states. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation.
Charter schools do not generally draw the top students from other public schools. Their test-score gains are similar to those of traditional public schools, but they have higher rates of students graduating high school and attending college.


Regional Education Laboratory-Southeast. (2011). Evidence Based Education Request Desk #774: Charter school effectiveness. Greensboro, NC: SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro.
This document provides a summary of the impact of charter schools on student achievement, school improvement, and student body compositions, and also includes an annotated bibliography of relevant research.
(pdf, 1.6mb)


Regional Education Laboratory-Southeast. (2011). Evidence Based Education Request Desk #890: State funding of dual enrollment programs. Greensboro, NC: SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro.
This document provides a summary of the literature on dual enrollment program funding and a table of state-level policies.
(pdf, 233kb)


Regional Education Laboratory-Southeast. (2010). Evidence Based Education Request Desk #713: Dual enrollment effects on secondary school effects. Greensboro, NC: SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro.
This document provides a summary of research on secondary school impacts, an annotated bibliography, and links to dual enrollment programs in the Southeast.
(pdf, 1.5mb)


Regional Education Laboratory-Southeast. (2011). Evidence Based Education Request Desk #755: Early College. Greensboro, NC:SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro.
This document provides a summary of research on early college outcomes and an annotated bibliography.
(pdf, 1.5mb)


DROPOUT/COLLEGE READINESS INDICATORS

Regional Education Laboratory-Southeast. (2011). Evidence Based Education Request Desk #833A: Early warning indicators of dropping out for elementary, middle, and high school grade levels. Greensboro, NC: SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro.
This document provides a summary of the research on early warning indicators. It includes an annotated bibliography of the literature on elementary, middle, and high school-level indicators of dropping out, and a summary of state- and district-level programs.
(pdf, 454kb)


Regional Education Laboratory-Southeast. (2011). Evidence Based Education Request Desk #833B: College-and career-readiness indicators. Greensboro, NC: SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro.
This document provides a summary of the literature on career and college readiness indicators and an annotated bibliography.
(pdf, 316kb)


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Innosight Institute. White Papers and Policy Briefs


What Works Clearinghouse Topic Page: College and Career Preparation