Boosting Graduation Rates in Texas Through Education Savings Accounts

11 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2016

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Patrick Wolf

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform

Date Written: October 5, 2016

Abstract

Graduating from high school is a crucial outcome for young people. Unfortunately, 12 percent of Texas students fail to earn the vital credential of a high school diploma. Private school choice has a proven track record of increasing graduation rates. In this study I draw upon prior research, Texas demographics, and conservative assumptions to forecast that the launch of a universal private school choice program in the form of Education Savings Accounts in the fall of 2017 would generate 11,809 additional high school graduates in the Lone Star State by 2022. In other words, of those students attending high school today, or entering high school within a year, an additional 11,809 students will graduate with the passage of ESAs in Texas. This is a conservative projection and the numbers will also grow over time.

Keywords: Education Savings Accounts, school choice, high school graduation, dropout prevention

Suggested Citation

Wolf, Patrick, Boosting Graduation Rates in Texas Through Education Savings Accounts (October 5, 2016). EDRE Working Paper No. 2016-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2857403 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2857403

Patrick Wolf (Contact Author)

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform ( email )

201 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

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