Analysis

Analysis

New research shows homeschool growth across all race, income categories

Editor’s note: This analysis from Steven Duvall, director of research at the Home School Legal Defense Association, appeared recently on the HSLDA website. Recent growth in homeschooling means that families who teach their kids at home now more closely reflect the nation’s diversity. Although the description of homeschooling as primarily[Read More…]

Florida’s education choice scholarship program reaps savings, new report finds

Florida’s private school choice programs have saved taxpayers more than $2.8 billion since 2000, according to new research from the national school choice advocacy group EdChoice. Martin Leuken, director of Ed Choice’s fiscal research and education center, analyzed 40 private school scholarship programs in 19 states and Washington, D.C., for[Read More…]

For learning pod teachers, a pandemic paradigm shift

Editor’s note: This post from Center on Reinventing Public Education senior analyst Steven Weiner on why so many teachers don’t want to return to traditional classrooms appeared Tuesday on The 74.  Samantha had been a veteran educator for 14 years, first as a classroom teacher and then a principal, when[Read More…]

FEA takes a swing at school choice – and misses

Last month, the Florida Education Association stepped up to the plate to take a swing at school choice. The state’s teacher union made three claims. First, that 90% of Florida’s K-12 students attend public schools; second, that this figure hasn’t changed in more than 20 years; and third, that the[Read More…]

Florida Tax Credit Scholarships lead to a rising tide

For two decades, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program has created “a rising tide of competition” that “has lifted many boats.” That’s according to researchers David Figlio, Cassandra Hart and Krzysztof Karbownik in a new report that appeared recently in Education Next, an online education magazine published by Harvard University’s[Read More…]

State Department of Education releases final enrollment figures for Florida Tax Credit Scholarship

More than $662 million in tax credit scholarships was awarded during the 2020-21 school year according to an enrollment report released by the Florida Department of Education. The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program enrolled 106,112 low- and middle-income students during the pandemic. Step Up For Students, which hosts this blog,[Read More…]

Long-term NAEP scores for 13-year-olds drop for first time since testing began in 1970s

Editor’s note: This article on this week’s release of NAEP scores appeared Thursday on The 74. Thirteen-year-olds saw unprecedented declines in both reading and math between 2012 and 2020, according to scores released this morning from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Consistent with several years of previous data,[Read More…]