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Informing the Debate Comparing Boston’s Charter, Pilot and Traditional Schools Prepared for The Boston Foundation January 2009 U N D E R S T A N D I N G B O S T O N
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Design: Kate Canfield, Canfield Design Cover Photo: Richard Howard, Richard Howard Photography © 2009 by the Boston Foundation. All rights reserved. The Boston Foundation The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation. In 2008, the Foundation and its donors made close to $79 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of $113 million, bringing its assets to more than $838 million. The Foundation is made up of some 900 separate charitable funds established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes. The Boston Foundation also serves as a major civic leader, provider of information, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives designed to address the community’s and region’s most pressing challenges. For more information about the Boston Foundation, visit www.tbf.org or call 617-338-1700. UNDERSTANDING BOSTON is a series of forums, educational events, and research sponsoredby the Boston Foundation to provide information and insight into issues affecting Boston, its neighborhoods, and the region. By working in collaboration with a wide range of partners, the Boston Foundation provides opportunities for people to come together to explore challenges facing our constantly changing community and to develop an informed civic agenda.
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Informing the Debate Comparing Boston’s Charter, Pilot and Traditional Schools Authors Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Duke University Josh Angrist, MIT and National Bureau of Economic Research Sarah Cohodes, Harvard Graduate School of Education Susan Dynarski, University of Michigan School of Education and Ford School of Public Policy and National Bureau of Economic Research Jon Fullerton, Harvard Graduate School of Education Thomas Kane, Harvard Graduate School of Education Parag Pathak, MIT and National Bureau of Economic Research Prepared for The Boston Foundation
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Dear Colleagues: Our goal as a Commonwealth is to increase student performance to a higher level than ever before, and to do that we need to develop strategies to reconFgure the business of public education. The promise of Charter and Pilot Schools is that their increased ±exibility and autonomy may represent the structural breakthrough we need to achieve our ambitious goal. This study helps us to examine whether these structural differences matter for student outcomes, and to quantify that impact for both Charter and Pilot schools. The results of this study are both statistically signiFcant and educationally important. But they also open many further questions. What is causing the differences in performance we see between Charters and Pilots?
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