Differing Effects from Diverse Charter Schools: Uneven Student Selection and Achievement Growth in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Unified School District hosts more charter schools than any system in the nation. After tracking more than 66,000 sampled students over a four-year period, these new findings inform three pivotal questions:

  • Do charter schools serve students and families that differ from peers served by traditional public schools?

  • Do charter students display steeper learning curves than peers in traditional schools?

  • How does the performance of conversion versus start-up charter schools compare?