The plan is likely to disproportionately benefit middle- and upper-middle-income Americans, as well as black families, at an estimated total cost of about $955 billion.
For a tax credit scholarship program to be successful, states will need to begin with a thorough review of the evidence.
Demographically-adjusted data provide important insights into differences in state-level school performance.
Instead of targeting institutions of higher education, the government should consider targeting individual programs.
Making data available on how much money is earned by graduates of specific colleges with specific majors had no measurable effect on which college or field students enrolled in.
The distance families are able and willing to travel may be more important for expanding school choice than the type of school the policy provides access to.
To create a feasible school choice policy, lawmakers would likely need to expand federal involvement in private school education.
State and federal policymakers have embraced the idea that prospective college students need better information on earnings outcomes for individual colleges and programs of study.
With graduation rates at an all-time high, , but federal achievement data indicate that these students likely have no better math or reading skills than their parents did.
Our new analysis shows that demographic change explains some, but by no means all, of the increase in scores.
The declines in NAEP scores from 2013 to 2015 are unlikely to be explained by shifts in student demographics.