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ERIC Number: ED530988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan-9
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Review of "Five State Dropout Reports"
Dorn, Sherman
Education and the Public Interest Center
Five sister reports published by the Friedman Foundation over the past two years have ignored the relevant research literature in asserting that private-school voucher programs can reduce the social costs of dropping out while increasing graduation rates. The reports are state-specific, targeting five different states. But each report follows a parallel structure, arguing that the state in question overestimates its graduation rate, that the costs of dropping out are dramatic and that a private-school voucher program can increase graduation and address the dropout problem by generating competition. Yet the reports largely ignore the existing research literature on the personal and social benefits of educational attainment, the effects of school competition, and the factors associated with either completing or dropping out of high school. Further, each report does not provide sufficient information about how the author estimated the statistical claims made for each state, and the author fails to compare the alleged benefits of private-school vouchers with plausible alternatives, such as increasing public-school choice programs or improving graduation through other programs. State policymakers interested in increasing graduation would be better served by seeking out the available, well-researched scholarship on the topic. (Contains 15 notes and references.) [This paper reviews the following reports: "The High Cost of Low Graduation Rates in North Carolina. School Choice Issues in the State" (ED508497); "The High Cost of Failing to Reform Public Education in Indiana. School Choice Issues in the State" (ED508500); "The High Cost of Failing to Reform Public Education in Missouri. School Choice Issues in the State" (ED508489); "The High Cost of Failing to Reform Public Education in Texas. School Choice Issues in the State" (ED508494); and "The High Cost of South Carolina's Low Graduation Rate. School Choice Issues in the State" (ED508499).]
Education and the Public Interest Center. School of Education, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309. Tel: 303-447-EPIC; Fax: 303-492-7090; e-mail: epic@colorado.edu; Web site: http://www.colorado.edu/education/centersoutreach/epic.html
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice
Authoring Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder, Education and the Public Interest Center; Arizona State University, Education Policy Research Unit
Identifiers - Location: Indiana; Missouri; North Carolina; South Carolina; Texas