ERIC Number: ED448246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
The Education Freedom Index. Civic Report Number 14.
Greene, Jay P.
In this report, the extent and nature of education freedom is estimated for each state, using a new Education Freedom Index (EFI). This analysis shows the remarkable differences in education freedom among the states and attempts to make educational freedom a concept that becomes the subject of policy debate. The EFI is composed of measures of five types of educational options: (1) the availability of charter school options; (2) the availability of government-assisted private school options; (3) the ease with which one can home school one's child; (4) the ease with which one can choose a different school district by relocating; and (5) the ease with which one can send a child to a different public school district without changing residence. The EFI is computed as the equally weighted average of measures of these five components. The state with the highest EFI score is Arizona, closely followed by Minnesota. Hawaii, which has only one school district in the entire state, ranks lowest on the EFI. Also ranking low on the EFI is West Virginia. Findings suggest that students in states that have higher scores on the EFI also have higher scores on standardized tests, even after controlling for other demographic and policy factors. An appendix contains information about the calculation of each measure of the EFI. (Contains 13 tables and 1 map.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manhattan Inst., New York, NY. Center for Civic Innovation.
Note: Foreword by Chester E. Finn, Jr.