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January 2015

The Future of School Choice

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The Future of School Choice

School choice has proven to have a positive effect on academic outcomes by allowing parents to find the schools that best match their children's needs, regardless of zip code.

A recent study by the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institute examines the momentum that school choice is gaining nationwide, and analyzes district performance toward this shared goal. In conjunction with a February 2015 event entitled “The Future of School Choice,” the 2014 Education Choice and Competition Index (ECCI) report was released, a study that examines “the critical role of school choice in the future of education reform” on both a macro and micro level.

After summarizing the current state of school choice, the report then examines how it is being enacted in the nation’s 100+ largest districts, with an aim to reveal the deep need for access and quality in school options today. Using the data they gathered, the researchers determined that school choice, while not yet as universal as desired, is near universal in certain districts, and rapidly gaining support overall.

Click here to read the study in full.


Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst and Ellie Klein. The 2014 Education Choice and Competition Index. Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings. February 2015.

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