Non-Traditional Schools and Models

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Are Catholic Primary Schools More Effective than Public Primary Schools?

Are Catholic Primary Schools More Effective than Public Primary Schools?

This paper assesses the causal effects of Catholic primary schooling on student outcomes such as test scores, grade retention, and behavior. Catholic school students have substantially Read More

School Vouchers and Student Outcomes: Experimental Evidence from Washington, DC

School Vouchers and Student Outcomes: Experimental Evidence from Washington, DC

School vouchers are the most contentious form of parental school choice. Vouchers provide government funds that parents can use to send their children to private schools of their choice. Here we examine the empirical question of whether or not a school voucher program in Washington, DC, affected achievement or the rate of high school graduation for participating students. The District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) has operated in the nation’s capital since 2004 Read More

Can Small High Schools of Choice Improve Educational Prospects for Disadvantaged Students?

Can Small High Schools of Choice Improve Educational Prospects for Disadvantaged Students?

This paper provides rigorous evidence (for 12,130 participants in a series of naturally occurring randomized lotteries) that a large-scale high school reform initiative (New York City’s creation of 100+ small high schools of choice between 2002 and 2008) can markedly and consistently increase high school graduation rates (by 9.5 percentage points overall and for many different student subgroups) Read More