The effect of charter schools on traditional public school students in Texas: Are children who stay behind left behind? Academic Article uri icon


  • Texas has been an important player in the emergence of the charter school industry. We test for a competitive effect of charters by looking for changes in student achievement in traditional public schools following charter market penetration. We use an eight-year panel of data on individual student test scores for public schools students in Texas in order to evaluate the achievement impact of charter schools. We estimate a model that includes student/campus spell fixed effects to control for campus demographic and peer group characteristics, and to control directly for student and student family background characteristics. We find a positive and significant effect of charter school penetration on traditional public school student outcomes. 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Urban Economics

altmetric score

  • 24

author list (cited authors)

  • Booker, K., Gilpatric, S. M., Gronberg, T., & Jansen, D.

citation count

  • 72

complete list of authors

  • Booker, Kevin||Gilpatric, Scott M||Gronberg, Timothy||Jansen, Dennis

publication date

  • January 2008