ERIC Number: ED466888
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Education Freedom Index, 2001. Civic Report.
Greene, Jay P.
The Education Freedom Index measures the extent of government-subsidized or government-regulated educational choices offered to families in each state. The Education Freedom Index score is the average of four components: charter school choice, subsidized private school choice, home schooling choice, and public school choice. This paper analyzes the relationship between the amount of education freedom in a state and the level of academic achievement demonstrated by its students. Overall, Arizona offers parents the most educational freedom, followed by New Jersey, Delaware, and Florida. Arizona's number one ranking is largely attributable to a large range of charter school options and a tax credit for private school scholarship. Hawaii offers the least educational freedom, followed by Utah, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. Because Hawaii has only one school district, Hawaiian parents cannot exercise public school choice by moving to other districts or transferring their children across district lines. The study shows that academic achievement is positively correlated with educational freedom. It suggests that strengthening accountability systems and expanding educational reform yields academic improvements. It also demonstrates the cost-efficiency of improving education via expanded choice and strengthened accountability. Appended are tables on: the Effect of Change in Method for Computing the Education Freedom Index; Education Freedom in the States; Charter Options in the States; Private Options in the States; Home-School Options in the States; and Public School Choice in the States. (Contains 13 tables and 1 figure.) (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Charter Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Home Schooling, Private Schools, Public Schools, Scholarships, School Choice, Tax Credits
The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Center for Civic Innovation, 52 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY 10017. For full text: http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/cci.htm.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manhattan Inst., New York, NY. Center for Civic Innovation.
Note: For the 2000 report, see ED 448 246.