ERIC Number: ED464174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
A Comprehensive Framework for Evaluating Educational Vouchers. Occasional Paper.
Levin, Henry M.
Major policy debates have arisen around the subject of vouchers as an alternative for financing and organizing the educational system. To a large degree, comparisons between vouchers and the traditional system of educational finance and school operations have been limited to one or two dimensions of education such as the relative impact of a particular system on achievement test scores. This paper describes a comprehensive, evaluative framework that draws upon a larger range of goals that have been posed for education in a democratic and free society. These criteria include: (1) freedom of choice; (2) productive efficiency; (3) equity; and (4) social cohesion. The framework demonstrates the importance of and tradeoffs among those four criteria in evaluating specific educational voucher plans and comparing them to other alternatives such as charter schools and the more traditional public school arrangement. The paper develops the concept of "advantage maps" for comparative purposes along with a research agenda for developing fully this approach to evaluation. (Contains 45 references.) (Author/SM)
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Evaluation Methods, Parent Participation, Program Evaluation, School Choice
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education.
Note: An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Futures of Education (Zurich, Switzerland, March 28-30, 2000).