• Since 2004, the National Center on School Choice (NCSC) has been doing research on how school choice affects individuals, communities, and systems. Our work takes place across multiple disciplines and methodologies, and our aim is simple: to provide national intellectual leadership on the study of school choice in all its forms.

    Policymakers, educators and families need to know: Does school choice raise student achievement or improve school quality? Stratify students along racial, class, or ability lines? Spur traditional public school districts to change their behavior? Face limitations from political and legal constraints?

    To answer these questions, we have assembled an expert team of scholars--sociologists, economists, psychologists, political scientists, curriculum experts, psychometricians, statisticians--from some of the nation’s top research organizations. This collaboration partners the center’s lead institution, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, with the Brookings Institution, Brown University, the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University, Harvard University, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Northwest Evaluation Association, University of Notre Dame and Stanford University.

    Together we are conducting major experimental and quasi-experimental studies of charter and magnet schools, voucher programs, parent involvement and satisfaction, student achievement, and what makes schools work. We are considering school transfer options under No Child Left Behind, supplemental education services, and home schooling. And we are examining school leadership, governance, laws, and policies.

    We invite you to explore this site to learn more about our work. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at:
The NCSC is funded by a 5 year, $13.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. Its lead institution is Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The center is housed on the campus of Peabody College, one of the nation's top graduate schools of education.