• School Choice Options, Instructional Conditions, and Student Achievement Gains
    Year: 2009

  • Abstract:
    Because school choice research on student achievement is mixed, many researchers and policymakers advocate looking inside the black box of schools to better understand the conditions under which schools of choice may be effective. We begin to address this issue with data comparing traditional public schools to a matched set of choice schools (charter, magnet, and private). In our multi-level analyses of these data, we find a positive association of charter school attendance and student achievement gains. We also find positive associations among some of our measures of instructional conditions and student achievement.

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.