THE RELATIVE EFFICIENCY OF CHARTER SCHOOLS
Kathy J. Hayes and
Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 2009, vol. 80, issue 1, 67-87
ABSTRACT**: This analysis compares the technical efficiency of charter school primary and secondary campuses with that of comparable campuses in traditional Texas school districts. Charter schools are hybrids—publicly funded, but not required to meet all the state regulations releant for traditional schools. Student performance is measured using value added on standardized tests in reading and mathematics, and efficiency is measured using the input distance function. The analysis suggests that at least in Texas, charter schools are substantially more efficient than traditional public schools.
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