ERIC Number: ED539298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Review of "The Education Choice and Competition Index"
Garcia, David R.
National Education Policy Center
In this report the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution presents the results of a self-developed Education Choice and Competition Index (ECCI) along with an interactive application that grades large school districts according to the ECCI. The index is composed of 13 pro choice criteria. The authors present the ECCI as a new approach to education policy, but the ideas are not new. The report repeats many of the same arguments and logic found in other pro-market publications over the past 25 years. The sole unique recommendation is to permit "popularity" to serve as an adequate standard to judge school quality and a sufficient criterion by which to direct taxpayer dollars. Yet, this recommendation also hearkens back to previous calls, common in the 1990's, for unregulated school choice policies. The ECCI assumes benefits of market competition, but these benefits depend on how parents choose schools, and the report includes no research on how parents make school choice decisions. It is also devoid of any evidence that higher scores on the ECCI are related to the outcomes that the authors predict. In fact, the only large district with an "A" rating per the ECCI received a "D" according to its state accountability system. In essence, the report reads like an essay in support of free-market choice policies. Because of the dated assumptions and the subjective nature of the index, the study and its rankings fall short of being an effective policy tool. Notes and references are included.
Descriptors: Evidence, Competition, School Choice, School District Size, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Measurement Techniques, Evaluation Criteria, School Districts, Computer Software, Program Evaluation, School Effectiveness, Taxes, Educational Finance, Free Enterprise System, Parent Attitudes, Selection Criteria, Evaluation Problems, Evaluation Methods
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice
Authoring Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder, National Education Policy Center
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001