Education Research

What can American education learn from Kenya?

Henry Ford revolutionized the automobile market when he introduced the assembly line and standardized the tools and parts to construct a car. His innovation allowed vehicles to be built cheaper, faster and with a higher quality than ever before. Flash forward more than a century, and dozens of successful industries[Read More…]

Indianapolis charter schools ‘move the needle’ on achievement, study finds

Editor’s note: This article appeared last week on The 74. New research on pre-pandemic academic achievement in Indianapolis is delivering a mixed bag of results: Students in K-12 schools there posted weaker learning gains in both reading and math than students statewide, while students who attended charter or charter-like “Innovation[Read More…]

Commonwealth Foundation calls for expanded school choice policies in 23-point legislative agenda for 2023

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on City & State Pennsylvania’s website. You can read the Commonwealth Foundation’s full plan here. A Harrisburg free-market think tank unveiled its 2023 legislative agenda this week, which proponents say is backed by polling data and could help revitalize the commonwealth – if lawmakers[Read More…]

Poll finds soaring support for school choice

Editor’s note: This article appeared Thursday in the National Review. According to a new poll released this morning by the American Federation for Children and Invest in Education, support for school choice continues to rise among Americans of all political views and across racial demographics. The results contain several notable[Read More…]

New study shows intriguing results in education savings account use to support learning

The longer parents utilize education savings accounts, the more comfortable they become using scholarship funds on curriculum, tutoring and educational services, a new research paper finds. Rural families in particular are more likely to use their ESA funds to customize their children’s education. The report, “Distribution of Savings Account Usage[Read More…]

New national poll shows support for education choice continues to grow

Support for school choice has increased since April 2020 by 8 percentage points, from 64% to 72%,  according to a new poll from RealClear Opinion Research. The largest increase in support for school choice came from Democrats (up 9 percentage points) followed by Republicans (7 percentage points) and registered Independents[Read More…]

America’s school rebellion is built on hope – and a great deal of evidence

Making use of data from the Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University, the Fordham Institute has produced a new study of metropolitan area academic achievement. Fordham finds that increased charter school market share is associated with statistically significantly higher scores for disadvantaged student populations. The chart below shows differences for[Read More…]

Study finds Massachusetts would benefit from adopting education savings accounts

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on the website of the Pioneer Institute, whose mission is to develop and communicate dynamic ideas that advance prosperity and a vibrant civic life in Massachusetts and beyond. It references a 2021 study of Florida’s largest tax-credit scholarship program that found that participants performed[Read More…]