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School Choice at the Crossroads
Research Perspectives

ISBN 9780815380375
Published October 18, 2018 by Routledge
268 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

School Choice at the Crossroads compiles exemplary, policy-relevant research on school choice options—voucher, private, charter, and traditional public schools—as they have been implemented across the nation. Renowned contributors highlight the latest rigorous research findings and implications on school vouchers, tuition tax credits, and charter schools in states and local areas at the forefront of school choice policy. Examining national and state-level perspectives, each chapter discusses the effects of choice and vouchers on student outcomes, the processes of choice, supportive conditions of school choice programs, comparative features of school choice, and future research. This timely volume addresses whether school choice works, under what conditions, and for whom—further informing educational research, policy, and practice.

Table of Contents



Section I: Introduction and Overview

  1. Introduction: School Choice at the Crossroads
  2. Mark Berends, R. Joseph Waddington, and John Schoenig

    Section II: Where We Are

  3. Educational Vouchers and Tax Credit Scholarship Programs in the United States: 1990-2017
  4. John F. Witte

  5. Organizational and Social Costs of Schools’ Participation in a Voucher Program
  6. Megan Austin

  7. Does Private School Choice Improve Student Achievement? A Review of the Evidence
  8. Patrick J. Wolf, and Anna J. Egalite,

    Charter Schools

  9. The Effects of Charter Schools on Student Achievement
  10. Julian R. Betts, and Y. Emily Tang

  11. Innovation in Charter Schools: An Exploratory Analysis
  12. Mark Berends, Roberto V. Peñaloza, Marisa Cannata, amd Ellen B. Goldring

  13. Redefining What It Means to be a Teacher: An Examination of Teacher Autonomy and Innovation in Indianapolis Charter Schools
  14. Madeline Mavrogordato

  15. Taking Charge of Choice: The Case and Implications of Mayoral Charter Control
  16. Claire Smrekar, and Madeline Mavrogordato

  17. Scaling up and Sustaining Charter School Effects
  18. Mark Berends and R. Joseph Waddington

    Section III: Understanding the Context of School Choice

  19. Achievement versus Attainment: Are School Choice Evaluators Looking for Impacts in the Wrong Places?
  20. Collin Hitt, Patrick J. Wolf, and Michael Q. McShane

  21. Searching for Policies and Practices that Make Charter Schools Successful: What Can Research Tell Us?
  22. Philip M. Gleason

  23. The Politics of Charter School Evidence in Local Context: The Case of Los Angeles
  24. Janelle Scott, Elizabeth DeBray, Christopher Lubienski, Johanna Hanley, Elise Castillo, and Samantha L. Hedges

  25. Self-Governing Schools, Parental Choice and the Public Interest

Helen F. Ladd

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Mark Berends is a Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity at the University of Notre Dame, USA.

R. Joseph Waddington is Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky, USA.

John Schoenig is the Senior Director of Teacher Formation and Educational Policy for the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) at the University of Notre Dame, USA.


"In most publications, school choice has been synonymous with charter schools. This book offers a useful and important contribution to the field exploring both public and private school choice – charter schools, vouchers, Catholic schools, and tax credit programs."
—Priscilla Wohlstetter, Distinguished Research Professor, Education Policy & Social Analysis, Columbia University, USA