12 Myths & Realities About School Choice- Institute for Justice seeks to dispel and disprove 12 of the myths about educational choice programs so that legislators and the public can make well-informed decisions about the merits of giving parents more control over their children’s education.
2018 Schooling in America Survey- This annual survey measures public opinion and awareness on a range of K–12 education topics, including parents’ schooling preferences, educational choice policies, the federal government’s role in education and more. This year, our survey includes an additional sample of current public school teachers to gauge whom they trust and how they feel about their profession, accountability, standardized testing and more.
Alternative Teacher Certification- This Independent Women’s Forum Policy Focus Paper by the by Carrie L. Lukas, April 21, 2011, argues the benefits of allowing Alternative Teacher Certifications. Although it is directed towards women, it is applicable to all teachers.
Charter School State Law Reform Guide- The Center for Education Reform guide to Model Legislation for States which illustrates a need by a majority of states to overhaul their laws governing charter schools.
Common Core of Data- A program of the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics that annually collects fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public schools, public school districts and state education agencies in the United States.
Education Choice and Competition Index- Exploring the critical role of school choice in the future of education reform; an interactive web application that scores large school districts based on thirteen categories of policy and practice.
Effects of Statewide Private School Choice on College Enrollment and Graduation- Research on the Nation's Largest Private School Choice Program Shows Scholarship Recipients Have Better Long-Term Outcomes; Florida's Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC) increased college enrollment for recipients by 15 percent on average compared to public school peers; and up to a 43 percent increase if students are in private schools via the FTC for more than four years.
ESA Primer- A Primer on Education Savings Accounts: Giving Every Child the Chance to Succeed
ESAs The Next Step in School Choice- by Jason Bedrick & Lindsey Burke. Explores the administrative, regulatory, and constitutional issues that policymakers will have to address when designing an Education Saving Account law.
Evidence on Class Size- Author Eric A. Hanushek (1999) in Earning and learning: How schools matter, Susan E. Mayer and Paul E. Peterson (Eds.)
Future of K–12 Funding- In The Future of K-12 Funding, fiscal experts offer practical ways state policymakers can change their education funding systems so they are more equitable across districts and for all students. They examined three states—Indiana, Mississippi and Texas—and interviewed 13 public and private school officials to get a better understanding of what changes schools might face with such funding reforms.
Future of Money & Giving Every Child the Chance at a Successful Future- This paper will explain how examples from states like Arkansas and Missouri and from Kenya demonstrate how mobile devices can be utilized to make person-to-person and person-to-business payments possible for thousands—and in Kenya’s case millions—of individuals and businesses. Such methods would make education savings accounts more accessible to families and transparent to taxpayers and lawmakers.
Global Report Card- Find out how your public school district stacks up compared to the rest of the world.
Open The Books- 19 million public employee salaries at every level of government across America have been mapped and posted online.
PARCC Data Dashboards- Friends of Choice in Urban Schools provides a dashboard tool that includes 2017 results on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness in College and Careers Assessment. A resource that allows one to filter results by sector, school, year, grade, and subgroup and actually understand the meaning behind the numbers.
Private School Choice and Character: More Evidence from Milwaukee- An evaluation of the longest-running modern school voucher program in the United States, the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), shows it reduces the incidence of both criminal activity and paternity disputes for young adults. Specifically, it finds that participating in the program in 8th or 9th grade is associated with a statistically significant reduction of around 53 percent in drug-related convictions, 86 percent in property damage convictions, and 38 percent in paternity disputes.
Annual Survey of School System Finances- Education finance data include revenues, expenditures, debt, and assets [cash and security holdings] of elementary and secondary public school systems. Statistics cover school systems in all states, and include the District of Columbia. Data are available in viewable tables and downloadable files.
Public Rules on Private Schools- The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice measures the Regulatory Impact of State Statutes and School Choice Programs
Pursing Innovation; How Can Educational Choice Transform K–12 Education in the U.S.?- Which competition-driving policies improve student learning most effectively? Dr. Patrick J. Wolf and Dr. Anna J. Egalite examine the current performance of America’s K–12 education system, identify the market share of different types of educational choice options and analyze how effective open enrollment, charters, and educational choice programs are at improving student outcomes.
Reading Instruction in Kindergarten- In the United States there is a widespread belief that teaching children to read early — in kindergarten or even prekindergarten — will help them be better readers in the long-run. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that this is so. How then did this idea take hold so strongly?
School Choice Report Card 2016/2017- The American Federation for Children released its first ever Report Card, a comprehensive ranking of general education, private school choice programs across the country, which analyzes programs, assigns a ranking and provides suggestions for how programs can better serve students.
School Choice: The Findings- a comprehensive survey summarizing the research on charter schools, vouchers, and public versus private school effectiveness.
School Choice Yearbook for 2016-17- Created by American Federation for Children. You can find fast facts about: individual program data, eligibility requirements, enrollment and funding, legal updates, accountability measures, and more!
School Inc.: The Price of Excellence - Full Video- Video: Andrew Coulson’s School Inc. takes viewers on a worldwide personal quest for an answer to the question — if you build a better way to teach a subject, why doesn’t the world beat a path to your door?
Tax-Credit Scholarship Audit 2016- This report analyzes savings from tax-credit scholarship programs, which allow individuals and businesses to reduce their state tax liability by making a private donation to a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships for children to attend private schools of their choice; looks at 10 tax-credit scholarship programs operating in seven states between 1997 and 2014. These 10 programs cover 93 percent of total scholarships awarded to students participating in tax-credit scholarship programs nationwide.
Integration Anomaly: Comparing the Effects of K–12 Education Delivery Models on Segregation in Schools- examines existing evidence to answer several questions. How have race and income segregation changed in public schools over time? How have school choice programs affected integration in schools—both public and private? Historically, how has government-compelled integration had an impact on schools and neighborhoods? And how can policymakers design education systems that will result in healthy race and income integration in schools?
School Choice Voucher: A “Get Out of Jail” Card?- discusses the effects of school choice on a participant's likelihood to engage in criminal activity. Their analysis found that students who participate in a school choice program persistently were less likely to participate in criminal activity, especially male students.
The Split Screen Strategy: How to Turn Education Into a Self-Improving System- 2015 by Ted Kolderie, This book is about applying that thinking to the problem in public education—where current strategy has long been caught ‘inside the box’,trying to reach the nation’s objectives while remaining within the traditional concepts of system and school and within the traditional concept of system change
Time to Act 2017: Put Data in the Hands of People- summarizes states’ efforts to act on DQC’s previously released Four Policy Priorities and provides a clear set of actions that must be taken to fully realize the power of data to support all students & provides recommendations for policymakers to help transform the use of data in education and ensure that people have the information they need to answer questions and take action to support student success.
TN Report Card 2017-18- Tennessee Department of Education provides data about schools and districts on its state report card using a numerical system to
provide a rating on up to six metrics for each school.
Universal Preschool May Do More Harm than Good- A growing body of empirical evidence suggests that universal preschool programs fail to improve a range of outcomes for participants. New studies of large-scale preschool programs in Quebec and Tennessee show that vastly expanding access to free or subsidized preschool may worsen behavioral and emotional outcomes.
Unleashing Greatness Nine Plays to Spark Innovation in Education- How to spark innovation in education systems trapped by tradition and paralyzed by layers of policy and politics? That’s the question addressed by a short paper by two noted experts on the topic. Drafted by Michael Barber, Chief Education Adviser at Pearson, and former New York City Chancellor Joel Klein.
What is Empirical Evidence?- Check out this simple guide to empirical evidence and how to identify high-quality research from poor-quality research, using examples from the auto and education industries.
Why America Needs School Choice- is pocket sized, 51 pages. Think of this book as Spark notes for debating school choice. The purpose of this Broadside is to consider and rebut the major objections that are raised to expanding choice and competition in education.
To end the fighting caused by state-run schooling, we should transform our system to one in which individual parents are empowered to select schools that share their moral values and educational goals for their children.