Why Do Charter Schools Fail? An Analysis of Charter School Survival in New Jersey

15 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2015

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Julia M. Schwenkenberg

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers University, Newark

James Vanderhoff

Rutgers University

Date Written: April 2015

Abstract

Charter school competition can only work as a policy to improve public education if schools that do not contribute to this goal are allowed to fail. We estimate survival regressions to assess the effects of various factors on the probability of school failure. We find that students' test scores are the most important determinant of survival: a one standard deviation increase reduces the probability of failure by 76%. Higher expenditures per student and a longer wait list result in smaller, but significant, reductions. Enrollment, average performance in the host district, and student demographics do not significantly affect school survival.

JEL Classification: I21, H75

Suggested Citation

Schwenkenberg, Julia M. and Vanderhoff, James H., Why Do Charter Schools Fail? An Analysis of Charter School Survival in New Jersey (April 2015). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 33, Issue 2, pp. 300-314, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2561633 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/coep.12068

Julia M. Schwenkenberg (Contact Author)

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James H. Vanderhoff

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