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What Research Says About School Choice

Charters, Vouchers: Good for the students, good for the public schools affected.

Among voucher programs, these studiesRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader consistently find that vouchers are associated with improved test scores in the affected public schools. The size of the effect in these studies varies from modest to large. No study has found a negative impact.

Fewer studies have examined the competitive effects of charter schools on achievement in traditional public schools, and the studies that do exist vary greatly in quality. The more rigorous studies generally show that charter competition is associated with modest increases in achievement in nearby public schools.

What’s really unclear is why anyone is surprised at these conclusions any more.  Well, maybe not so suprising…

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