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Portfolio of School Choice

States have long been working to provide families with educational options, but the COVID-19 crisis has elevated the need for families to have different schooling options at their disposal. This series of briefs covers district-level open enrollment, charter schools, private schools, homeschooling, virtual schooling, dual enrollment (high school and college), and rural education. Each brief discusses the financial implications of that educational choice and includes a summary of trends in participation and outcomes. Each brief concludes with a set of best practices to support policymakers in designing school choice policies.

Portfolio of Choice: Private School Choice Programs
Resource Type: Policy/Policy brief
2021
This brief provides an overview of private school choice programs including vouchers, tax credit scholarships, education savings accounts, and individual tax credit scholarships and deductions. The brief includes a discussion of the policy approaches and a set of best practices to support policymakers in designing high-quality private school choice programs.
Portfolio of Choice: Virtual Schooling
Resource Type: Policy/Policy brief
2021
This brief provides an overview of virtual schooling including the policy approaches to regulating virtual schools and information about student enrollment, demographics, and performance in virtual schools. The brief includes a discussion of the policy approaches and a set of best practices to support policymakers in designing high-quality virtual schools.
Portfolio of Choice: Dual Enrollment
Resource Type: Policy/Policy brief
2021
This brief provides an overview of dual enrollment programs, including a discussion of key policy design elements and an overview of student enrollment, demographics, and outcomes. The brief includes a discussion of the policy approaches and a set of best practices to support policymakers in designing high-quality dual enrollment programs.
Portfolio of Choice: Homeschooling
Resource Type: Policy/Policy brief
2021
This brief provides an overview of homeschooling, including a discussion of the policy structures states use to allow families to homeschool and a summary of the characteristics of homeschooled students and their families. The brief concludes with a set of best practices to support policymakers in designing high-quality homeschool policies.
Portfolio of Choice: Charter Schools
Resource Type: Policy/Policy brief
2021
This brief provides an overview of the charter school landscape, including policy structures, accountability, and a summary of student enrollment, demographics, and outcomes. The brief concludes with a set of best practices to support policymakers in designing high-quality charter school policies.
Portfolio of Choice: District Open Enrollment
Resource Type: Policy/Policy brief
2021
This brief provides an overview of states' approaches to district-level open enrollment as well as a summary of trends in participation and outcomes. The brief concludes with a set of best practices to support policymakers in designing high-quality open enrollment policies.
Portfolio of Choice: School Choice in Rural Communities
Resource Type: Policy/Policy brief
2021
Rural schools educate 9.7 million students, nearly one in five public preK-12 students nationwide. Yet there remains a need for policymakers to understand whether and how popular education reforms play out in rural contexts. That's especially true for school choice policies. This brief provides an overview of how six school choice policies play out in rural contexts, including best practices for policymakers to ensure school choice policies meet the unique needs of rural schools, students, and communities.
Portfolio of Choice: Exploring Policies and Practices Providing Families with Educational Options
Resource Type: Video
2021
This webinar builds on the recently released Portfolio of Choice series of briefs, which dig deeply into six common educational choice policies in place in states across the country – private school, virtual schooling, dual enrollment, homeschooling, charter schools, and district open enrollment. The series authors outline key features of these policies, including their structure, their impact on outcomes and equity for students and across communities, and best practices in shaping and supporting equitable choice policies. The webinar also considers how conversations about education options have shifted in the COVID era, as families grapple with schooling options as never before.