Douglas N. Harris
Scholars review the research on statewide programs
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 […]
Early evidence shows reforms lifting student achievement
Centralized enrollment matches students and schools of choice
School characteristics vary widely
We need to build a new cadre of researchers employed by school districts, state agencies, and local nonprofits.
What does the evidence say about a free market approach to school reform that relies on school vouchers and unregulated forms of charter schooling?
How long should we wait to see whether the program is working? That is a question that only lawmakers can answer.
Why are the effects so negative when prior studies have found either no effect or positive effects? Good question. Unfortunately, we know much less about reasons than some have suggested.
Commentary on “Great Teaching:Measuring its effects on students’ future earnings” By Raj Chetty, John N. Friedman and Jonah E. Rockoff Raj Chetty, John Friedman, and Jonah Rockoff have carried out a remarkable study, but I suspect it will be misinterpreted. The main contribution of their research is quantifying the importance of teaching. Specifically, the authors […]