Josh Horvath, a fifth year Ph.D. student in Economics, with interest in education, labor and health economics, will be receiving a 2018 Impact Award for his research. His research examines the effects of charter schools on traditional public school student math and reading test scores.

N.C. House Bill 955, authorizing the establishment of charter schools, was ratified in 1996. Horvath analyzed competitive effects from 1997 to 2016 and how effects depend on the relative achievement of charter and traditional public schools. For the purposes of his study, a traditional public school was defined as competing with a charter school if traditional school students switched to a charter when they could have continued at the traditional school. (Excerpt from the Carolina Chronicle, Most definitely making an impact, January 2018). 


Read the entire article on Josh’s findings here.


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