The National Bureau of Economic Research has a new study out which found that students enrolled in public charter schools experience lower truancy rates and higher test scores than their peers.
The paper was written by several Yale University economists and noted several outcomes of parental school choice. Students who earned a spot in the school through the school choice lottery were more likely to show up for school, even before they enrolled in a charter school. According to the paper’s abstract: “The effects are largest for male students entering high school, whose truancy rates decline by 21% in the months after winning the lottery.”
The study’s authors also noted higher test scores as a desirable consequence of school choice: “We find substantial test score gains from attending a charter school and some evidence that choosing and attending a high value-added magnet school improves test scores as well.”