SCDP Research on Charter Schools

The productivity of public charter schools

Wolf, P. J., Cheng, A., Batdorff, M., Maloney, L., May, J. F., & Speakman, S. T. (2014).
People often wish to know how much “bang they get for their buck.” This calculation is often referred to as productivity and is measured either as cost effectiveness or return on investment (ROI). This report represents the first-ever national study tying funding to student achievement and measuring the productivity of public charter schools relative to traditional public schools.

Public charter school funding study

The Public Charter School Funding Study is a series of analyses comparing the funding levels between public charter schools and traditional public schools across the country. So far, trends generally show that among schools that serve a similar population of students, public charter schools are funded at lower levels than traditional public schools.