Author

Patrick J. Wolf

    Author Website: http://www.uark.edu/ua/der/People/wolf.html


    Author Bio:
    Dr. Patrick J. Wolf is Professor and 21st Century Chair in School Choice in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions. He also is principal investigator of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program impact evaluation through a contract with the U.S. Department of Education (subcontract with Westat), and is leading a national research team conducting an independent longitudinal multi-method evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. Dr. Wolf has authored, co-authored, or co-edited two books and more than two dozen articles and book chapters on school choice, special education, public management, and campaign finance. Wolf has designed, managed, and published the results from education studies that employ a wide variety of research methods including experimental, quasi-experimental, meta-analytical, and qualitative investigation techniques. A 1987 graduate of the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard in 1995.


Articles

No, One Limited Study Does Not Prove School Vouchers Don’t Work

Students in the sample weren’t even participating in school-voucher programs

Taking Stock of Private-School Choice

Scholars review the research on statewide programs

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

Programs Benefit Disadvantaged Students

School voucher programs, which allow eligible families to send their children to private schools with the help of public funds, have sparked controversy since the first such initiative was launched in Milwaukee in 1991. Today, 28 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) operate 54 private-school-choice programs, which include not only government-issued vouchers but also […]

SPRING 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 2

Tracking Is a District Problem

A review of “On the Same Track” by Carol Corbett Burris

FALL 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 4

Comparing Public Schools to Private

Lubienskis’ conclusions rely on flawed research design

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

Special Choices

Do voucher schools serve students with disabilities?

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

Lost Opportunities

Lawmakers threaten D.C. scholarships despite evidence of benefits

Fall 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 4

Civics Exam

Schools of choice boost civic values

Summer 2007 / Vol. 7, No. 3

Sisyphean Tasks

Illustration by Elizabeth Lada. In a recent report for the Abell Foundation, Kalman R. Hettleman documented the troubled history of special education in the Baltimore public school system. He attributed the failure to “the compliance maze” that special education teachers and administrators face, which consists of “ever-proliferating procedures, forms to be filled out, micro-managed administrative […]

Winter 2003 / Vol. 3, No. 1

Blog Posts/Multimedia

Do Voucher Regulations Reduce Anticipated Voucher Program Participation and School Quality?

Evidence from an experimental study

10/29/2018

Educational Freedom Isn’t a Threat to Democracy

We do not find any evidence that private school voucher students are either less or more likely to vote in presidential elections than students educated in public schools.

05/24/2018

A Flawed Critique of Our School Choice Achievement-Attainment Divide Study

We conducted six formal statistical tests of the hypothesis that school choice test score impacts reliably predict future attainment impacts. Five of the tests did not support the hypothesis. We have subjected our initial findings to a variety of robustness tests, all of which they passed.

04/26/2018

A New “Report” Misleads on School Vouchers

Newspeak plays a central role in the latest Center for American Progress (CAP) broadside against the idea of low-income parents choosing private schools for their children .

03/27/2018

A Story, Not a Study

We should judge Milwaukee’s voucher program and the schools that participate in it on the totality of that evidence, not on crude correlations.

02/01/2018

That’s Not Fair!

Students in public charter schools receive $5,721 or 29% less in average per-pupil revenue than students in traditional public schools.

05/11/2017

School Choice Boosts Test Scores

My colleagues and I just released a meta-analysis of 19 “gold standard” experimental evaluations of the test-score effects of private school choice programs around the world.

05/11/2016

Views from Private Schools

Policymakers seeking to improve the quantity and quality of educational options for families through private school choice programs should consider the opinions of the school leaders poised to serve those customers.

01/21/2015

Charter School Productivity Report: Red Flags or Red Herrings?

Our finding that charter school sectors in all 28 states that we study demonstrate higher productivity and/or return on investment than their traditional public school sectors has ruffled some feathers at the National School Boards Association.

07/29/2014

Money-Ed

Across all 28 states in the study, public charter school sectors were more cost effective and/or generated a higher return on investment (ROI) than traditional public schools

07/22/2014

Brother, Can You Spare a Scholarship?

Last week President Obama announced a five-year, $200 million charitable initiative called My Brother’s Keeper to help young African American men.

03/06/2014

School Choice and Students with Disabilities in Milwaukee

There is no evidence that private schools in the Milwaukee voucher program discriminate against students with disabilities, but there is a great deal of misunderstanding about what the law requires.

05/16/2013

Update on the Milwaukee School Choice Evaluation Dust-Up

Even in the face of substantial program attrition, students who were in the MPCP in 9th grade in 2006 graduated from high school, enrolled in college, and persisted in college at rates higher than similar students in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS)

04/03/2013

Ravitch Blow-Up on School Choice

Diane Ravitch is angry. She is upset because parental school choice is thriving in Milwaukee.

04/01/2013
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