Jan 11, 2021

Portfolio of Choice: Understanding school choice policy options

Allison Crean Davis
Lead: Capacity Building
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The National Center released a set of seven policy briefs designed to support states and regional centers to better understand the different types of school choice policies that exist: charter schools, private school choice programs, homeschooling, virtual schooling, dual enrollment, and open enrollment. The seventh brief examines how each of these school choice policies plays out in rural communities.

These policies include a range of options that provide parents with flexibility and the ability to set their own priorities for their children, whether in a more traditional school setting or at home, in a public setting or private, synchronous or asynchronous. While policymakers may seek to maximize the flexibility that families increasingly demand, the structure of the governing policies that define options within states matters. And how these policies perform in terms of quality of outcomes and equity of opportunity for students and families varies.

Each policy brief includes a definition of the policy and a description of its key structures and components, a discussion of equity and quality considerations, and a set of best practices for policymakers looking to strengthen their states’ school choice policies.