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ERIC Number: ED522077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Public School Choice in the District of Columbia: A Descriptive Analysis. Brief 13
Ozek, Umut
National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research
Increasing parental choice has been a leading theme of recent education policy intended to enhance the academic achievement of low-performing students in the United States. These policies aim to "level the playing field" in access to high-quality education for disadvantaged students who cannot otherwise afford higher-quality schooling options. Such reforms employ different instruments in order to provide alternatives to a household's neighborhood public school. Washington, D.C., has been a front-runner in the variety and number of alternative public schooling options made available to parents. This brief examines household school choice behavior within the District of Columbia (D.C.) school choice environment, using a two-year (2007-08 and 2008-09 school years) panel of the entire public school student population in D.C. Overall, the findings provide evidence that the relatively advantaged students are taking advantage of public school choice programs. However, choice exacerbates student quality disparities between low- and high-poverty schools, casting some doubt on the benefits of such programs. (Contains 4 figures, 2 tables and 11 notes.)
National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research. American Institutes for Research, 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 202-403-5000; Fax: 202-403-5454; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban Institute, National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER)
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; United States