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Does Choice Matter for School Choice? An Instrumental Variables Analysis of the Effect of Choice on Parental Satisfaction in Charter Schools

29 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2017  

Corey DeAngelis

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform, Students; Cato Institute - Center for Educational Freedom

Date Written: February 3, 2017

Abstract

I employ ordered probit regression, and a new instrumental variable, to compare the fall 2015 parental satisfaction survey results of open-enrollment charters to district-conversion charters.

The results indicate that choice status in Arkansas charter schools is significantly beneficial to parental-satisfaction. In particular, after controlling for student and parent-level characteristics, parents with children in open-enrollment charters had between a 17-percentage point and 32-percentage point higher likelihood of grading their current school as an A or responding as Highly Satisfied in six of the quality categories: Overall, Teacher, Discipline, Learning, Safety and Parental-Involvement. Four of the relationships remain large and statistically-significant in the instrumental variables analysis. I find no evidence that parents in either choice setting rate the quality of schools similar to the experts at the Arkansas Department of Education. Finally, I do not find any significant differences for any of the parental-satisfaction categories between oversubscribed and non-oversubscribed schools.

Keywords: school choice, charter school, oversubscription, instrumental variables

Suggested Citation

DeAngelis, Corey, Does Choice Matter for School Choice? An Instrumental Variables Analysis of the Effect of Choice on Parental Satisfaction in Charter Schools (February 3, 2017). EDRE Working Paper No. 2017-06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2911285 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2911285

Corey DeAngelis (Contact Author)

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform, Students ( email )

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Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

Cato Institute - Center for Educational Freedom ( email )

1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-5403
United States

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