Researchers have conducted dozens of evaluations of school voucher programs and charter schools in the U.S. These studies examine programs with different policy designs, charter communities with different types of schools, and use various methodologies. At the School Choice Demonstration Project we use “Gold Standard” experimental methods of evaluation whenever possible and otherwise employ sophisticated observational methods that, under some circumstances, are nearly as rigorous as experiments. We think it is primarily from such rigorous scientific studies that we learn the truth about the effects of parental school choice programs. Below are two summaries of what the research shows about school choice. The first is a PowerPoint presentation about the research findings regarding school vouchers and charter schools. The second is a law review journal article about the findings about school vouchers gleaned from “Gold Standard” experimental studies. Please cite these sources appropriately if you comment upon them or use them in your own research.
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