Does School Choice Increase School Quality?

31 Pages Posted: 16 May 2003 Last revised: 1 Dec 2011

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George M. Holmes

East Carolina University - Department of Economics

Jeffrey S. DeSimone

University of Texas at Arlington - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Nicholas G. Rupp

East Carolina University - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 2003

Abstract

Federal No Child Left Behind' legislation, which enables students of low-performing schools to exercise public school choice, exemplies a widespread belief that competing for students will spur public schools to higher achievement. We investigate how the introduction of school choice in North Carolina, via a dramatic increase in the number of charter schools across the state, affects the performance of traditional public schools on statewide tests. We find test score gains from competition that are robust to a variety of specifications. The introduction of charter school competition causes an approximate one percent increase in the score, which constitutes about one quarter of the average yearly growth.

Suggested Citation

Holmes, George M. and DeSimone, Jeffrey S. and Rupp, Nicholas G., Does School Choice Increase School Quality? (May 2003). NBER Working Paper No. w9683. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=406055

George M. Holmes

East Carolina University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Greenville, NC 27858
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Jeffrey S. DeSimone (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Arlington - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics ( email )

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United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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Nicholas G. Rupp

East Carolina University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Greenville, NC 27858
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252.328.6743 (Fax)

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