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Can School Choice and School Accountability Successfully Coexist?

Can School Choice and School Accountability Successfully Coexist?

Chapter:
(p.49) 2 Can School Choice and School Accountability Successfully Coexist?
Source:
The Economics of School Choice
Author(s):
David N. FiglioMarianne E. Page
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226355344.003.0003

This chapter examines the voucher system in Florida, whereby students are offered vouchers if they attend school, which consistently fails to meet Florida's achievement standards. It investigates the fundamental difference between such school choice programs and more conventional programs, in which eligibility is based mainly on students' own characteristics. The findings suggest that the performance criteria that may seem most appropriate from an accountability perspective may not do the best job of targeting economically and socially disadvantaged children.

Keywords:   voucher system, Florida, achievement standards, school choice, performance criteria, economically disadvantaged children

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