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School Choice and Charters
Some reformers have long advocated for public school students to have more choice in the schools they attend. The idea is that facilitating enrollment in private schools or public charter schools will improve academic achievement for students otherwise stuck in low-performing schools, and force these schools to improve. Mathematica has been at the forefront of research in this area and is now leading the first national evaluation of the effectiveness of online charter schools.
Assessing the Long-Term Impacts of KIPP Middle Schools on College Enrollment and Persistence
This long-term randomized controlled trial followed students who applied to enter KIPP middle schools in 2008 and 2009, and measured their outcomes in college.
KIPP: Preparing Youth for College
Mathematica built on its initial study of KIPP middle schools with this five-year project, designed to address the question of whether KIPP can maintain its effectiveness as the network grows. The study included an impact analysis, an implementation analysis, and a correlational analysis.
Julie Bruch has broad expertise in studying the implementation and outcomes of education programs at the K–12 and postsecondary levels, with a focus on at-risk youth, non-traditional college students, and equity.Featured Publications
- Changes in HBCU Financial Aid and Student Enrollment After the Tightening of PLUS Credit Standards
- Why Equity Matters for Adult College Completion
- College and Career Readiness
- School Choice and Charters
- Human Services