Database of Interventions


No Excuses Charter School Model


Action Areas

  • Socioeconomic Factors


No Excuses charter schools focus heavily on reading and math achievement, enforce high behavioral expectations through a formal discipline system, and substantially increase instruction time relative to traditional public schools (Angrist 2013, Dobbie 2013). Teachers receive more feedback about their teaching than peers in other schools and regularly use data from student assessments to modify instruction; school days and school years are often longer than those in traditional public schools (Dobbie 2013). No Excuses schools often offer intense tutoring, especially for students with remedial needs (Dobbie 2013, NBER-Fryer 2011).  As with other charter schools, No Excuses schools use public finances and are not subject to many of the regulations that govern traditional public schools such as staffing, curriculum, and budgeting requirements (Mathematica-Clark 2011).