Is There a Magnet-School Effect?

January 8, 2018

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Drs. Jia Wang and Joan Herman have recently published an article on the impact of magnet schools on student learning.

Magnet schools are one of the largest sectors of choice schools in the United States. In this study, researchers explored the heterogeneity in magnet-school effects on student achievement by examining 24 magnet schools, funded under the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP), in 5 school districts across 4 states. Results indicated significant variation in magnet effects on student outcomes, with some magnet schools showing positive effects, and others showing negative effects. This variation can be explained by program implementation and magnet support.

To read the article in the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR), click here.