School Choice and School Improvement
In this ambitious compendium, authors pull together school-choice research as it pertains to student outcomes; parent choice; and competition and segregation effects. Through its chapters, the volume does a mighty fine job answering some tough questions relating to school choice: Do charters cream? Do vouchers in D.C. work? What criteria do parents use when choosing a school? Do students availing themselves of choice programs experience greater achievement in their new schools? Researchers of various stripes, including Paul Peterson and John Witte, pull data from Indianapolis to the Netherlands. The bottom line: We’re headed in the right direction—but there’s a lot we could do better. To that end, School Choice and School Improvement calls out some of the hang-ups in the school-choice movement (the underwhelming effects of intradistrict transfer being one and high school application processes that derail some would-be school-choice students being another). It also gives some practical advice (e.g.: how to disseminate school information to parents). This volume offers a balanced, above-the-fray look at look the current realities and future possibilities of choice in our schools.
Mark Berends, Marisa Cannata, and Ellen B. Goldring, eds., School Choice and School Improvement, (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, March 2011).
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