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Trevor Swan Distinguished Lectures in Economics: Can "No Excuse" Charter Schools substantially reduce Racial School Achievement Gaps?

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Event details

Seminar

Date & time

Thursday 15 April 2010
3.30pm–5.00pm

Venue

Weston Lecture Theatre, Crawford School of Public Policy, #132 Lennox Crossing, ANU

Speaker

Professor Joshua Angrist, MIT

Contacts

Maggie Whitten Henry
6125 3606
Thursday 15 April 2010, 3.30-5pm
Weston Theatre, JG Crawford Building 132, ANU
This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow the lecture.

There are more than 3000 Charter Schools throughout the US which operate with public funding but are largely autonomous. Charter Schools affiliated with the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) have a long school day of 10.5 hours (and also operate on Saturday mornings), an extended school year, selected teaching hiring, strict student behaviour norms, and a focus on traditional reading and math skills.
There has been considerable debate as to whether Charter Schools and new programs such as KIPP substantially improve student academic performance. Professor Angrist will briefly review this literature and discuss research methodologies used to evaluate school outcomes. His work on KIPP suggests that special programs can produce substantial gains for disadvantaged minorities.
Joshua Angrist is Professor of Economics MIT. He is an influential econometrician and researcher on evaluation methods for policy interventions in education and social programs.

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