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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.

Published Articles & Media

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.

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 .

Programs Benefit Disadvantaged Students

School voucher programs, which allow eligible families to send their children to private schools...

Taking Stock of Private-School Choice

Scholars review the research on statewide programs

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.

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.

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.

Tracking Is a District Problem

A review of "On the Same Track" by Carol Corbett Burris

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.

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.

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