ERIC Number: EJ1019062
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
School Choice and the Achievement Gap
Jeynes, William H.
Education and Urban Society, v46 n2 p163-180 Mar 2014
The possibility is examined that school choice programs could be a means to reducing the achievement gap. Data based on meta-analytic research and the examination of nationwide data sets suggest that school choice programs that include private schools could reduce the achievement gap by 25%. The propounding of this possibility is based on research indicating that the achievement gap in faith-based schools is generally 25% narrower than one finds in public schools. Results of these studies suggest that both the racial achievement gap and the socioeconomic achievement gap are reduced by the same degree (25%). The significance of these results is discussed, especially as it pertains to the attitudes that people frequently have toward school choice.
Descriptors: School Choice, Achievement Gap, Meta Analysis, Private Schools, Religious Education, Public Schools, Racial Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Family Structure, African American Achievement, African American Students, Hispanic American Students, Court Litigation, Educational Finance, Government Role, Teacher Attitudes
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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