Can School Choice and School Accountability Successfully Coexist?

David N. Figlio and Marianne E. Page

in The Economics of School Choice

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780226355337
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226355344 | DOI:
Can School Choice and School Accountability Successfully Coexist?

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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

Chapter.  7701 words. 

Subjects: Economics

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