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ERIC Number: ED523232
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug-16
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Private School Chains in Chile: Do Better Schools Scale Up? Policy Analysis. No. 682
Elacqua, Gregory; Contreras, Dante; Salazar, Felipe; Santos, Humberto
Cato Institute
There is a persistent debate over the role of scale of operations in education. Some argue that school franchises offer educational services more effectively than do small independent schools. Skeptics counter that large, centralized operations create hard-to-manage bureaucracies and foster diseconomies of scale and that small schools are more effective at promoting higher-quality education. The answer to this question has profound implications for U.S. education policy, because reliably scaling up the best schools has proven to be a particularly difficult problem. If there are policies that would make it easier to replicate the most effective schools, systemwide educational quality could be improved substantially. We can gain insight into this debate by examining Chile's national voucher program. This paper uses fourth-grade data to compare achievement in private franchise, private independent, and public schools in Chile. Our findings suggest that franchises have a large advantage over independent schools once student and peer attributes and selectivity are controlled for. We also find that further disaggregating school franchise widens the larger franchise advantage. We conclude that policies oriented toward creating incentives for private school owners to join or start up a franchise may have the potential for improving educational outcomes. (Contains 12 figures and 39 notes.) [This policy analysis is based on the results of the paper "The Effectiveness of Private School Franchises in Chile's National Voucher Program," School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2011 (EJ934035).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cato Institute
Identifiers - Location: Chile