Giving Compass’ Take:
· Adrian T. Moore and Corey A. DeAngelis examine different studies looking at the relationships between school choice, student safety, and academic performance and conclude that the evidence favors educational freedom.
· How has school choice shown to affect civil society? How has it helped with racial integration? What other benefits come from supporting educational freedom?
Florida families are lucky.
They have access to better education opportunities for their children through the Sunshine State’s five private school choice programs. And the most rigorous evidence suggests that these choices are good for students and their communities. Let’s take a look at the data.
The best studies on the effects of school choice are “random assignment” where the kids who go to charters and who don’t are chosen at random from all applicants. The majority (10) of the sixteen such studies of private school choice programs find positive effects on student test scores overall or for subgroups. Only two of the 16 evaluations find negative effects on student test scores. And it’s worth noting that both of the studies finding negative effects on test scores evaluated the same group of students in the heavily regulated Louisiana Scholarship Program. The remaining four studies do not find statistically significant effects on students’ test scores.
But studies finding no difference in test scores across sectors imply a positive taxpayer return-on-investment because voucher funding amounts are almost always below per pupil funding levels in traditional public schools. For instance, the most recent federal evaluation of the D.C. voucher program found that students achieved the same math and reading outcomes for about a third of the cost.
Read the full article about school choice by Adrian T. Moore and Corey A. DeAngelis at the Cato Institute.
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