Headed for the Exits: Comparing Characteristics of Leavers from Charter Schools to Traditional Public Schools in Denver Public Schools

In this paper, we use student-level longitudinal data from a large urban school district with a growing and effective charter sector–Denver, Colorado–to expand upon recent research describing the characteristics of students who exit charter schools and comparing them to the characteristics of those who exit traditional public schools. Of particular interest is understanding whether low-performing students are more likely to exit charter schools than they are to exit traditional public schools. We also consider whether mobility rates differ among students according to observed characteristics such as race/ethnicity and English language learner (ELL) status.