The Role of Catholic Schools in Education Choice Programs

Contrary to conventional wisdom, Catholic schools do not dominate choice programs, but rather, enroll students in line with their share of the overall private school market.

Charter Schools and Segregation: What the Research Says

When charter schools serving mostly minority students outperform nearby district schools that also serve mostly minority students, what does this tell us about charter schools and segregation?

Survey Says: Parents Want School Choice

The nation’s largest private school choice program is effective, popular, and money-saving. And yet, it could be on the chopping block.

The Education Exchange: KIPP Schools and the Charter Sector Continue to Evolve

Richard Barth, CEO of the KIPP Foundation, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how the KIPP network is adapting to changes in the charter sector.

Why School Ratings Should Stress Learning Gains

A recent national study found that many schools with low achievement were at the same time producing average or better growth. Conversely, student growth in schools with few disadvantaged students varied widely,

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

Evidence from an experimental study

EdNext Podcast: How Did Massachusetts Charter Schools Become the Best in the Country?

Does Massachusetts really have the best charter schools in the country? If it does, why is the charter sector growing so slowly in the state? Marty West talks with Cara Stillings Candal, the author of a new book on charter schools in Massachusetts, The Fight for the Best Charter Public Schools in the Nation.

The Fight for the Best Charter Schools in the Country: What Massachusetts Got Right and Wrong

One year in a Massachusetts charter school adds 40 days of additional learning in math and 28 days in reading compared to the schools from which students came.

Lessons for State-Level Reformers in the ESSA Era

Most lessons learned during the Bush-Obama years are as relevant to state education reforms as to their federal counterparts.

Reflections on the Legacy of Bush-Obama School Reform

Why did initially promising, seemingly popular efforts at federal leadership lose their luster?

How Does Charter Expansion Affect School District Finances and Student Achievement? New Evidence from Massachusetts

States seeking to ensure that all students benefit as they expand their charter sectors may want to consider the Massachusetts model.

How to Reverse Grade Inflation and Help Students Reach Their Potential

A new study looks at how easy or hard it is today to get a good grade in high school and whether that has changed over time.

Voucher Regulation Reduces Quality of Private School Options

A new suggests that higher-quality private schools are less likely to participate in two of the most highly regulated voucher programs in the country, the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and the Ohio Educational Choice Scholarship Program.

Past Is Prologue on Common Core Tests

The improvements in the nation’s tests in recent years are real. Education leaders need to hold firm on these advances in the rigor and technical quality of their tests, even as they take on the next steps of aligning high-quality curriculum and instruction

How the Common Core Changed Standardized Testing

In many states, assessments have advanced considerably over the previous generation of assessments.

What Governors Should Know About K-12 School Quality and the Economy

A governor’s efforts to improve a state’s economy must include strengthening K-12 school quality.

EdStat: On the 2018 EdNext poll, public backing for charter schools has increased by 5 percentage points

After a substantial drop in support for charter schools last year, the 2018 EdNext poll finds that public backing for charter schools has increased by 5 percentage points this past year, to 44%, with 35% opposed.

EdStat: By 2017, Religious Staff Represented Less than 3 Percent of the Staff at Catholic Schools

Lay staff now constitute nearly all staff in Catholic schools.

EdStat: To Date, 75 Percent of Charter Schools in New Orleans Have Adopted High-Quality Curricula

Kunjan Narechania discusses on the EdNext blog.

EdStat: Charter Schools Have Gained a Substantial Following in Louisiana, Where 148 Charters Now Serve more than 80,000 Students

But charters have also attracted opposition from many school districts and teachers.

Judging Choice

Court victory for charter schools in Louisiana

EdStat: Between 1968 and 2013, the Percentage of Middle-Income Families Enrolled in Private Schools Fell from 12 Percent to 7 Percent

Enrollment in private schools is falling among middle-income students, while high-income and low-income student enrollment in private schools is holding steady.

EdStat: During the Last School Year, the Number of Charter Schools in California Grew by 1.6 Percent

This is even lower than last year’s rate of 1.9 percent.

EdStat: In 2011, Private K–8 School Tuition Averaged $10,940

Has expanding income inequality fueled a broader increase in segregation at both public and private schools?

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

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

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