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ERIC Number: ED498484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 314
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 400
ISBN: ISBN-0-8330-2765-4ISBN-978-0-8330-2765-8
Rhetoric versus Reality: What We Know and What We Need to Know about Vouchers and Charter Schools. Updated Edition
Gill, Brian; Timpane, P. Mike; Ross, Karen E.; Brewer, Dominic J.; Booker, Kevin
RAND Corporation
Education vouchers and charter schools are two of the most prominent and far-reaching forms of family-choice policies currently in evidence in the nation's elementary and secondary schools. As such, they present important challenges to the traditional provision of public education in schools that are created, governed, funded, and operated by state and local authorities. This update of Chapters One and Three of a book originally published in 2001 reviews the theoretical foundations for vouchers and charter schools and the empirical evidence of their effectiveness as set forth in hundreds of recent reports and studies. It incorporates a substantial amount of new evidence on achievement effects, and it also examines the ways in which multiple dimensions of policy design--such as targeting, funding levels and limitations, admissions policies, academic standards and assessments, and accountability--will determine the nature and extent of any specific program's impact. A comprehensive assessment is made of what is known about the effects of vouchers and charters in terms of not only academic achievement, but also family choice, equitable access, racial/ethnic integration, and civic socialization. The book discusses the important empirical questions that are as yet unresolved and considers the prospects for answering them in the future. Finally, it explores the details of the design of voucher and charter policies, concluding with recommendations for policymakers who are considering their enactment. [For the 2001 edition of this book, see ED461917.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: RAND Education, Santa Monica, CA.