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Hamilton and Brian M. Stecher INTRODUCTION Most studies of the effectiveness of charter schools focus on student achievement measured using test scores on district or state tests. There is good reason for this focus. Although public schools are asked to promote a variety of outcomes, most of those who conduct and use charter school research agree on the primacy of academic achievement, and state and district standardized tests typically provide the least expensive and most readily available measures of achievement.

In fact, a large proportion of students take at least one vocational course during their high school careers. Completion of a connected sequence of vocational courses provides some students with occupational training that contributes directly to their employment and productivity. For instance, among students who enter the labor market directly after high school, taking vocational courses is associated with higher wages (Mane, 1999). Other students take high school vocational courses that connect to postsecondary technical training, in fields such as nursing or information technology, thus boosting their prospects for employment.

1997). Provision of Services to Students with Special Needs Charter schools are sometimes criticized for neglecting the needs of special education students or for discouraging such students from applying. Information should be provided on the numbers and classifications of students with disabilities as well as the services provided to them. Much of this information is already available. In addition, services provided to English Language Learners (ELL) should be documented. Information about the percentages of ELL who are reclassified as non-ELL would provide evidence of success at serving these students.

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