The Education Exchange: Looking Beyond Test Scores

School choice researchers are finding that vouchers may impact student test scores and later attainment outcomes in different ways. In this episode, Patrick Wolf joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss why researchers should consider other outcomes besides test scores when evaluating school choice programs.

EdStat: Charter Schools Received $3,509 Less on Average in Annual Funding per Student Than District Schools in 2011

Even though charter schools and district schools receive equal funding from the state, charters generally receive less funding per student.

Vouchers Tend to Serve the Less Advantaged

At least 10 studies have examined the relative advantage of children that applied to a private-school-choice program relative to the population of eligible students in the same location.

EdStat: 76 Percent of Indiana’s Private Schools Participate in the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program

Roughly 76 percent of Indiana’s private schools take part in the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program, including almost 100 percent of Indiana’s Catholic schools.

What Have We Learned From Three Studies of Private School Choice?

Understanding the effect of private school choice on real-world success beyond test scores requires data on outcomes like college enrollment and graduation, and thanks to three recent Urban Institute studies, we know more about this than we did a year ago.

EdStat: 19 Percent of Arizona Public-School Students Were Enrolled in Charter Schools in 2014

With 19 percent of its public-school students enrolled in charter schools, Arizona was the state with the highest percentage of charter-school students in 2014.

Surveying the Charter School Landscape

From the Editor: Some highlights from the Spring 2018 issue of Education Next

Taking Stock of Private-School Choice

Scholars review the research on statewide programs

Programs Benefit Disadvantaged Students

School voucher programs, which allow eligible families to send their children to private schools with the help of public funds, have sparked controversy since the first such initiative was launched in Milwaukee in 1991. Today, 28 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) operate 54 private-school-choice programs, which include not only government-issued vouchers but also […]

Still Waiting for Convincing Evidence

Do public-school students who move to a private school with a government-funded voucher benefit from making this switch? A growing body of research is shedding light on this question. Of particular interest are findings coming out of three states and the District of Columbia, all of which have implemented ambitious voucher programs over the past […]

Lessons Learned from Indiana

The Indiana Choice Scholarship Program, launched in 2011, offers a rich opportunity to study how a large-scale tuition-voucher program works and to analyze the results it has produced in its first few years. As we consider the merits of private-school choice and what it would take to make it succeed, this initiative deserves particular attention: […]

Why Is Charter Growth Slowing?

Lessons from the Bay Area

In Defense Of Education’s “Wild West”

Charter schools thrive in the Four Corners states

Charters and the Common Good

The spillover effects of charter schools in New York City

A Bigger Slice of the Money Pie

Charters in Colorado and Florida win share of local tax dollars

The Politics of Choice When the Public School was Born

A review of Public vs. Private by Robert N. Gross

Are Low-Quality Private Schools on the Rise in Florida?

A new study finds that participation in the state’s tax credit scholarship program has not shifted toward schools with weaker track records of improving student outcomes.

(Re)Searching for a School

How Choice Drives Parents to Become More Informed

The Biggest Little Election You’ve Never Heard Of

How a Colorado School-Board Vote Could Boost Vouchers Nationwide

Secretary DeVos’ Harvard Speech on School Choice

DeVos delivered a strong speech, articulating points that aren’t made often or forcefully enough.

Private School Choice Increases College Enrollment in Florida. Could It Work Nationally?

Here’s what we think our new study means—and doesn’t mean—for both state-led and federal efforts to expand school choice.

Public Schools Don’t Have a Monopoly on Creating Good Citizens

If civic virtue and a shared commitment to the common good are primary objects of schooling, a strong case can be made that school choice helps, not hinders, that mission

Secret Finding from PDK Poll: Support for Vouchers is Rising

The just released PDK survey of U. S. adults reveals an upward shift in public support for vouchers of 10 percentage points over the past four years, with 8 of those percentage points gained since 2015

When it Comes to School Discipline, Let Parents Choose

A school’s approach to student discipline and classroom management is a profound reflection of somebody’s value system.

Betsy DeVos Promotes Parents as First Line of Defense on School Accountability

But is the parent marketplace a good enough mechanism for gauging and producing effective schools of choice?

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