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Market-Based Education, Inequality, and Accountability in Chile: Perspectives from a Workshop

Author(s): Maria Ferguson and Nancy Kober
Published: December 1, 2017

In summer 2017, the Center on Education Policy and the Dean and faculty from the Graduate School of Education at the George Washington University joined a group of Chilean education researchers to discuss the impact of Chile’s education voucher system on equity and socioeconomic integration. This captures the major discussion points and key findings from that meeting.

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Primary and Secondary Education in Azerbaijan: Policy Considerations for the 21st Century

Author(s): Matthew Braun, Christina Davis, Sevinj Mammadova, Anne Matthews
Published: November 1, 2017

In June 2017, the dean of the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development and several doctoral students met with Azerbaijani educational stakeholders in Baku, Azerbaijan to discuss ways to improve that country’s education system. This summary report provides the Azerbaijan Ministry of Education with a set of policy options to consider as it

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Little Evidence and Big Consequences: Understanding Special Education Voucher Programs

Author(s): Matthew Braun
Published: October 31, 2017

This report examines the characteristics of state special education voucher programs along with the evidence base on their impact, effectiveness, and quality. The report, which finds that the program characteristics differ considerably across states and that the research is small, dated, and often funded by voucher proponents, identifies major questions and concerns about these programs that have yet to be fully addressed by researchers or policymakers.

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Could American Support for Public Education be Slipping?

Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: September 24, 2017

CEP Executive Director comments on the 2017 PDK poll. Read the column here

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The shape of the Federal Role in Education

Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: May 1, 2017

CEP Executive Director explains the powers and limits of federal education policymakers under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Read the column here.

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Choice for Secretary of Education

Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: January 25, 2017

Maria Ferguson's latest Kappan Washington View column on the President's choice for Secretary of Education. Read the column here.

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Civic Education and Charter Schools: Current Knowledge and Future Research

Author(s): Naomi Chudowsky, Victor Chudowsky, Nancy Kober, Nanami Yoshioka, and Jennifer McMurrer
Published: February 6, 2013

At the request of the Spencer Foundation, CEP analyzed data and background variables from the 2010 NAEP civic assessment to learn how the performance of charter school students compared to traditional public school students.   The study also reviewed other research on charter school students and civic education. The full report and a summary are available.

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Keeping Informed about School Vouchers: A Review of Major Developments and Research

Author(s): Alexandra Usher, Nancy Kober
Published: July 27, 2011

This report examines a decade’s worth of research on school vouchers and concludes that vouchers have had no clear positive effect on student academic achievement, and mixed outcomes for students overall. Effects on graduation rates, parental satisfaction, public school achievement and cost to taxpayers are discussed. The report also notes that much of this research has been carried out or sponsored by pro-voucher organizations, signaling a particular need for scrutiny. In addition to this research review, the report describes voucher programs currently in existence, summarizes major court cases and referenda on vouchers from the past ten years, and reflects on changes in the voucher landscape. The report serves as an update to CEP’s paper School Vouchers: What We Know and Don't Know…and How We Could Learn More, released in 2000.

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School Vouchers: No Clear Advantage in Academic Achievement

Author(s): Jack Jennings
Published: July 27, 2011

In this Huffington Post blog, posted on July 27, 2011, Jack Jennings reviews the evolution of pro-voucher arguments over last 50 years, discusses these findings in light of CEP’s recent report on vouchers, and calls for greater efforts to improve public schools, which is where 90% of students attend school today.

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Are Private High Schools Better Academically Than Public High Schools?

Author(s): Harold Wenglinsky
Published: October 10, 2007

This study, based on an analysis of the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988-2000, finds that once family background characteristics are taken into account, low-income students attending public urban high schools generally performed as well academically as students attending private high schools. The study also found that students attending traditional public high schools were as likely to attend college as those attending private high schools. In addition, the report also finds that young adults who had attended any type of private high school were no more likely to enjoy job satisfaction, or to be engaged in civic activities at age 26, than those who had attended traditional public high schools.

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Changing Schools, Enduring Principles - What You Should Be Asking About Education Reform

Author(s): Nancy Kober
Published: March 1, 2002

A brief overview of questions that should be asked for each change impacting the US system of education

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School Vouchers: What We Know and Don't Know…and How We Could Learn More

Author(s): Nancy Kober
Published: June 1, 2000

Review of current findings about voucher programs and indications for future studies. Summaries are included of voucher programs in Milwaukee, Cleveland, Florida, and International studies on the use of vouchers in other countries. A summary of the January 26, 2000 meeting includes the listing of participants and members of the subgroups that contributed to the report.

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Lessons From Other Countries About Private School Aid: Higher Public Funding for Private Schools Usually Means More Government Regulation

Author(s): Nancy Kober
Published: May 1, 1999

A review of data showing the effects of using public funds to support private elementary and secondary schools in other industrialized countries.

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