Protecting and Promoting School Choice

Research Database

CategorySubcategoryOutcomesArea/RegionAuthorsYearFindingSummaryLink
FinanceVouchersTaxpayer SavingsLouisianaTrivitt, DeAngelis2020PositiveVouchers save taxpayers moneyVisit Link
AcademicsCharter SchoolsTest ScoresUSAHan, Keefe2020NegativeCharters might hurt TPS student scoresVisit Link
FinanceScholarship ProgramsParticipationNorth CarolinaEgalite, et al2020NegativeHidden costs may inhibit useVisit Link
OperationsCharter SchoolsStaffingCaliforniaReed, Rose2020PositiveCharters staff similarly to TPSVisit Link
AcademicsScholarship ProgramsTest ScoresLouisianaLee, Mills, Wolf2020NegativeParticipation correlated to lower test scoresVisit Link
AcademicsCharter SchoolsCivic IssuesUSAJohnson, Qin, Hinton2020PositiveCharters tend to emphasize civic learningVisit Link
PolicyVirtual ChartersCompetitionPennsylvaniaMann2020PositiveTPS response to virtual chartersVisit Link
PolicyHomeschoolCurriculumUSATilhou2020PositiveValues & beliefs motivate home schoolingVisit Link
PolicyVouchersRegulationUSA / 7 statesDeAngelis2020NegativeRegulations reduce voucher program participation by private schoolsVisit Link
PolicySystemsParticipationDetroitSinger2020PositiveSchool choice doesn’t ameliorate stratification completelyVisit Link
PolicyScholarship ProgramsAchievementNYCCheng, Chingos, Peterson2019MixedSignificant effects for moderately disadvantaged families, insignificant for severely disadvantagedVisit Link
PolicyVouchersAchievementLouisianaMills, Wolf2019NegativeNegative effects of LSP on achievement after 4 years (particularly math)Visit Link
PolicyScholarship ProgramsAchievementD.C.Webber et al.2019NullNo significant achievement growth 3 years after applying to programVisit Link
PolicyParental ChoiceSatisfactionArizonaCatt, Cheng2019Mixed (Mainly Positive)Charter schools have the most favorable views of their schoolsVisit Link
PolicyCharter SchoolsCompetitionUSAShakeel, Henderson2019NegativeExposure doesn’t increase receptivity to charter schools in rural areasVisit Link
AcademicsCharter SchoolsSpecial EducationUSAMcKittrick, et al2019PositiveSpecial Ed in rural charters requires resourcefulnessVisit Link
PolicySystemsRegulationIndianaCatt, Shaw2019NegativeReview of Indiana’s “school choice deserts”Visit Link
PolicyParental ChoiceParticipationInternationalRohde, et al2019PositiveElementary school parent motivations vary Visit Link
AcademicsMagnet SchoolsTest ScoresUSAHarris2019NegativeMagnet schools may hurt student achievementVisit Link
FinanceVouchersParticipationHong KongWong, Kwan2019NegativeVouchers tend to be awarded to wealthy familiesVisit Link
PolicySystemsCompetitionMilwaukeeDeAngelis, Flanders2019PositiveEnrollment, not academics, is predictive of school closureVisit Link
PolicySystemsCompetitionArizonaPowers, Topper2019PositiveDensity of charters increases competition within a districtVisit Link
AcademicsSystemsAchievementUSAJabbar, Fong, Germain2019PositiveCompetition improves student achievementVisit Link
AcademicsSystemsAttainmentUSAForeman2017PositiveSchool choice improves educational attainmentVisit Link
PolicyParental ChoiceSatisfactionUSADeAngelis2019PositiveSchool choice increases parent and student satisfactionVisit Link
PolicyVouchersSegregationUSAMagness, Suprenant2019PositiveVouchers tend to reduce segregationVisit Link
PolicyCharter SchoolsNon-cognitiveNorth CarolinaSpees2019PositiveCharter schools tend to help improve non-cognitive skillsVisit Link
PolicyVouchersTaxpayer SavingsMilwaukeeFord, Andersson2019PositiveVouchers have little effect on academics, but reduce taxesVisit Link
PolicySystemsAccessibilityPhiladelphiaScott, Marshall2019PositiveSchool choice is spatially equitable despite public transit useVisit Link
PolicyParental ChoiceParticipationFloridaPrieto, et al2019NullMultiple factors determine application to a specialty schoolVisit Link
PolicyParental ChoiceCompetitionUSABarrows, et al2019NullCharter schools may erode private school enrollmentVisit Link
AcademicsHomeschoolAchievementWIsconsinMarks & Welsh2019PositiveParents homeschool due to academic underperformance, other factorsVisit Link
AcademicsCharter SchoolsAchievementDenverClayton, et al2019PositiveEnglish language learners in charters tend to score higher in Math, ELAVisit Link
PolicyPrivate SchoolsCivic IssuesInternationalDeAngelis2019NullPrivate schooling doesn’t increase national stabilityVisit Link
PolicyPrivate SchoolsSafetyUSAFarina2019PositivePrivate school students tend to experience less bullyingVisit Link
PolicyParental ChoiceAchievementLouisianaAbdulkadiro─člu, Pathak, Walters2018NegativeLSP participation reduces academic achievementVisit Link
PolicyESAsAccountabilityMississipiPEER Committee2018MixedDespite high parental satisfaction, ESA programs increase state expendituresVisit Link
PolicySystemsParticipationUSAGlenn2018PositiveReligious conservatives helped broaden support for school choiceVisit Link
PolicySystemsCurriculumUSAMcCluskey2018NegativePublic schooling is not religiously neutralVisit Link
PolicySystemsCurriculumUSAD’Agostino2018PositiveReligious charter schools may be legal in USAVisit Link
PolicySystemsAccessibilityBelgium, USAvan Raemdonck & Maranto2018PositiveWhy Belgium has education freedom and USA does notVisit Link
PolicySystemsStaffingNetherlandsMarkus, et al2018PositiveReligious schools tend to attract religious teachers as employeesVisit Link
PolicySystemsParticipationUSASikkink & Schwarz2018PositiveParents tend to send their kids to the same type of school they attendedVisit Link
PolicyCharter SchoolsRegulationCaliforniaReed, Rose2018PositiveAccountability frameworks are often inadequate and inaccurateVisit Link
PolicyHomeschoolParticipationUSAWatson2018PositiveHomeschooling is on the rise nationallyVisit Link
PolicyPrivate SchoolsAchievementUSAShakeel & DeAngelis2018PositivePrivate schools’ climates seem to facilitate increased achievementVisit Link
AcademicsMagnet SchoolsAchievementUSAWang, et al2018PositiveMagnet schools tend to improve student achievementVisit Link
FinanceTax Credit ScholarshipsTaxpayer SavingsUSALeuken2018PositiveTax credit scholarships have positive fiscal effectsVisit Link
PolicyCharter SchoolsCompetitionArksansasDeAngelis2018PositiveParents rate open-enrollment charter schools higher than conversion chartersVisit Link
OperationsSystemsStaffingMichiganReid2018NullDistrict and Charter principals only trained on evalutation software, not evaluationVisit Link
PolicyCharter SchoolsCompetitionMilwaukeeFlanders2018PositiveCharter school closures indicate the system is working correctlyVisit Link
PolicyVouchersRegulationGeorgia (Europe)Tabatadze & Gorgadze2018PositiveVouchers have failed due to lack of funding and oversightVisit Link
PolicyVouchersRegulationDC, LA, INSude, DeAngelis, Wolf2018PositiveMore successful private schools are less likely to accept vouchersVisit Link
PolicyParental ChoiceParticipationMalaysiaSiah, et al2018PositiveMalaysian Chinese parents’ priorities can be predicted by choice of schoolsVisit Link
PolicyParental ChoiceParticipationDetroitHamlin2018Positive6 characeristics of school choice parents are predictive of likelihood to switchVisit Link
PolicyParental ChoiceParticipationMissouriShuls2018NegativeSchool choice parents often oppose broad school choice programsVisit Link
PolicySystemsParticipationNew ZealandMandic, et al2018PositiveSocial, programmatic, and facilities motivate school choice students’ choices.Visit Link
PolicyParental ChoiceParticipationUSAErickson2017PositiveParents select schools based on a multitude of factorsVisit Link
PolicySystemsSegregationUSASwanson2017PositiveChoice programs tend to decrease racial segregationVisit Link
PolicyCharter SchoolsAccessibilityUSAAnderson2017PositiveCharter schools tend not to “cream-skim” for the “best” studentsVisit Link
PolicyPrivate SchoolsCivic IssuesUSADeAngelis2017PositivePrivate school choice improves non-academic outcomesVisit Link
OperationsCharter SchoolsAchievementUSAGleason2017PositiveData-driven charter schools with strong cultures tend to outperform othersVisit Link
PolicyPrivate SchoolsSatisfactionUSARhinesmith2017PositiveSchool choice parents are more satisfied with schools vs. non-choice parentsVisit Link
PolicyHomeschoolAchievementUSARay2017PositiveImproved life outcomes for homeschooled studentsVisit Link
PolicySystemsAchievementUSANichols2017MixedNon-cognitive skills negatively impacted, but behavior positively impactedVisit Link
AcademicsSystemsAttainmentUSAForeman2017PositiveChoice programs tend to improve attainmentVisit Link
PolicyParental ChoiceAccessibilityFloridaWao, et al2017Positive/LimitedPositive impact of PRCs on parental involvement regarding school choiceVisit Link
PolicyEMO SchoolsLocationUSA / 41 StatesGulosino & Miron2017PositiveEMOs gravitate to both high minority and resource-heavy urban areasVisit Link
AcademicsPrivate SchoolsSatisfactionAustraliaMarks2017PositiveNongovernment school students have a more positive view of their learning environmentVisit Link
OperationsCharter SchoolsAchievement and BehaviorK.C., MissouriJohnson, et al2017PositiveKauffman Charter School’s positive qualitative and quantitative influenceVisit Link
OperationsPrivate SchoolsManagementUSAShakeel & DeAngelis2017PositivePrivate schools’ positive independence in school policyVisit Link
PolicyCharter SchoolsLocationOhioSaultz & Yaluma2017PositiveGeographical Charter distribution aligns with race at expense of income and needVisit Link
AcademicsCharter SchoolsAchievementUSACheng, et al2017Positive“No Excuses” charter schools significantly increase academic achievementVisit Link
PolicyParental ChoiceParticipationSwedenMohme2017PositiveParents prioritize educational quality when choosing religious schoolsVisit Link
PolicyParental ChoiceDemand & RationalityChileBonal, Verger, Zancajo2017PositivePoor parents execute intricate processes when presented with school choiceVisit Link
OperationsCharter SchoolsRegulationMilwaukeeFlanders2017PositiveCharters with more autonomy are more efficient than public and regulated chartersVisit Link
OperationsSystemsRegulationGeorgia (USA)Kramer, Lane, Tanner2017PositiveExpenditure flexibility due to localized control leads to inefficient fiscal allocationVisit Link
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PolicyVirtual SchoolsRegulationUSASaultz & Fusarelli2017PositiveThe lack of oversight and data in virtual schools complicate policyVisit Link
PolicyVirtual SchoolsRegulationUSABeck & LaFrance (Response to Saultz & Fusarelli)2017PositiveRecent advancements provide a framework for future online learning policyVisit Link
AcademicsCharter SchoolsAchievementLos AngelesShin, Fuller, Dauter2017PositiveSignificant achievement gains for Charter studentsVisit Link
PolicyParental ChoiceParticipationSierra LeoneDixon & Humble2017MixedEnvironmental and educational factors confound typical choice patternsVisit Link
OperationsPrivate SchoolsCivic IssuesUSAGreene & Kingsbury2017PositivePrivate school students show more positive attitudes towards JewsVisit Link
OperationsCatholic SchoolsParticipationUSAWadsworth & Walker2017Positive (Diminishes)Catholic schools students display strong religious participation post-graduationVisit Link
AcademicsHomeschoolParticipationIsraelNeuman & Guterman2017PositiveReasons for homeschooling transcend traditional motivesVisit Link
OperationsCharter SchoolsAchievementUSAScott2017PositivePD assists teachers in balancing conflicting philosophies and accountability measuresVisit Link
AcademicsHomeschoolSatisfaction (Special Ed)MississipiKittredge2016PositiveParental satisfaction is overwhelming for ESAs assisting special needs studentsVisit Link
PolicyCharter SchoolsDemographicsUSAMalkus2016PositiveCharter demographics do not deviate from TPS’ composition in traditional waysVisit Link
OperationsCharter SchoolsEnglish LearnersUSAGarcia & Morales2016MixedCharter authorizers vary in their implementation of ELL equity programsVisit Link
PolicyCharter SchoolsPreparationIndiana & KentuckyJohnston2016PositiveDesegregation laws continue to impact perceptions and policies in urban districtsVisit Link
PolicyParental ChoiceParticipationU.K.Miller, Pomson, Wolf2016NullMultiple factors impact parents’ decisions for sending their children to Jewish schoolsVisit Link
PolicyESAsDiversityLouisianaBurke2016PositiveESAs are likely to breed a diverse supply of schoolsVisit Link
PolicyHomeschoolHuman RightsEuropeDonnelly2016PositiveHome education is an important human right that must be protectedVisit Link
PolicyHomeschoolAccessibilityFranceBongrand2016NegativeInformation on schooling alternatives is rarely dispersed to familiesVisit Link
AcademicsHomeschoolAchievementUSABell, Kaplan, Thurman2016PositiveHomeschooling parents promote frequent use of self-determination, leads to higher achievementVisit Link
PolicyHomeschoolParticipationUSAWearne2016PositiveHybrid homeschool parents value a variety of factors when making their choiceVisit Link
PolicyScholarship ProgramsAchievementNYCBitler et al.2015NullProgram had insignificant effects on achievement scoresVisit Link
PolicyESAsSatisfactionArizonaButcher, Bedrick2013PositiveHigher satisfaction for parents using ESAs than their previous public schoolVisit Link
PolicyVouchersAchievementD.C.Wolf et al.2013PositiveD.C. voucher program indicates positive trends in graduation rates and achievementVisit Link
PolicyScholarship ProgramsAchievementNYCJin, Barnard, Rubin2010PositiveMath performance increases after switching from public to privateVisit Link
PolicyParental Choice/VouchersAchievementMilwaukeeLamarche2008MixedPositive gains for high-performing kids, losses for low-performing kids (albiet smaller than expected in TPS)Visit Link
PolicyVouchersAchievementCharlotte, N.C.Cowen2008PositiveModerately positive achievement gains in voucher programVisit Link
PolicyScholarship ProgramsCivic IssuesToledo, OhioBettinger, Slonim2006NullNo significant effects of voucher program on altruism or test scoresVisit Link
PolicyVouchersAchievementD.C., NYC, DaytonHowell, Peterson2006MixedInsignificant gains in achievement, but significant improvement in parental safety perceptionVisit Link
PolicyScholarship ProgramsAchievementNYCKrueger, Zhu2004NullNo visible effect on test score gains in voucher experimentVisit Link
PolicyScholarship ProgramsAchievementNYCBarnard et al.2003PositivePositive effects on math scores for students in program, particularly African-American childrenVisit Link
PolicyScholarship ProgramsAchievementD.C., NYC, DaytonHowell et al.2002PositiveSignificant gains in achievement for African-American students in voucher programsVisit Link
PolicyPrivate SchoolsCivic IssuesUSACampbell2002PositivePrivate school students show greater engagement and development in civic/community issuesVisit Link
PolicyScholarship ProgramsParticipation/SatisfactionUSAPeterson, Campbell2001MixedInsignificant differences in participation, higher levels of satisfaction for private school parentsVisit Link
PolicyScholarship ProgramsSatisfactionSan FranciscoPeterson, Campbell, West2001PositiveFamilies receiving scholarships were more satisfied than those remaining in public schoolsVisit Link
PolicyScholarship ProgramsAchievementD.C.Wolf, Peterson, West2001PositiveSignificant achievement gains for Charter students, higher parental satisfactionVisit Link
PolicyVouchersAchievementMilwaukeeGreene, Peterson, Du1999PositiveModerately large gains in first 4 years for families in Milwaukee choice programVisit Link
PolicyVouchersAchievementMilwaukeeRouse1998MixedHigh mathematic achievement growth in voucher program, no significance with readingVisit Link

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