The Competitive Effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program On Public School Performance

62 Pages Posted: 29 Feb 2016

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Anna J. Egalite

North Carolina State University - Department of Educational Leadership, Policy & Human Development

Date Written: February 24, 2016

Abstract

Given the significant growth rate and geographic expansion of private school choice programs over the past two decades, it is important to examine how traditional public schools respond to the sudden injection of competition for students and resources. This article uses 1) a school fixed effects approach, and 2) a regression discontinuity framework to examine the achievement impacts of the Louisiana Scholarship Program (LSP). This targeted school voucher program has provided public funds for low-income students in low-performing public schools to enroll in participating private schools since the 2012-13 school year. The main findings of the competitive effects analysis reveal neutral to positive impacts that are small in magnitude. Effects are largest for students attending those public schools most affected by the competitive threat. Policy implications are discussed.

Keywords: competition; school vouchers; school choice; systemic effects

Suggested Citation

Egalite, Anna J., The Competitive Effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program On Public School Performance (February 24, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2739783 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2739783

Anna J. Egalite (Contact Author)

North Carolina State University - Department of Educational Leadership, Policy & Human Development ( email )

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Raleigh, NC 27695
United States

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