Does Competition Improve Public Schools? New evidence from the Florida tax-credit scholarship program By Cassandra M. Education Next talks with David Figlio. An unabridged version of this article is available here.
Thapa, Amrit In developed countries, the evidence on the impact of school type on student performance is mixed. Researchers are also interested in finding out the effect of private school competition on educational outcomes.
The evidence on this for developed countries is mixed as well. What is the effect in developing countries? There are not sufficient studies for developing countries to reach one conclusion.
The first part of this study analyzes private and public school performance using OLS and logistic models. The study adopts the propensity score matching technique to account for the selection bias problem.
The second part of this dissertation attempts to explore the impact of private school competition on public school performance using the number of private schools in the neighborhood as a continuous measure of competition.
A binary measure of competition is also used where school is defined to face competition if there is more than one private school in the vicinity of the sample public school.
However, in this analysis, there exists an identification problem because private school enrollment is likely to be correlated with public school performance. To address this problem, the study uses the existence of a motorable road within an hour's walking distance from the sample school as an instrument for number of private schools in the neighborhood.
The results from the OLS and logistic estimation on the effect of school type on student performance show that public schools consistently have a negative relationship with student performance.
On the impact of private school competition on public school performance, the OLS results show no significant relationship using both continuous and binary measures of competition. In contrast, the IV method indicates a positive and significant impact of private school competition on public school performance, which holds true for both types of measures of private school competition.Oct 06, · Does Competition Improve Schools?
Included in Wash. D.C., was a voucher plan whereby students could attend a private school of their choice (just like Pres. Obama could do and does as a resident of public housing in Wash.
D.C.). The plan only affected 1, students, but the results were better than expected, until the teacher's. Hence, facing competition from similar type of public schools is very negligible.
Moreover, this is beyond the scope of this paper as we are trying to understand the effect of competition from private schools to public schools performance as this is the claim for educational reformers.
The second part of this dissertation attempts to explore the impact of private school competition on public school performance using the number of private schools .
Does Private School Competition Improve Public School Performance? The Case of Nepal. Thapa, Amrit. In developed countries, the evidence on the impact of school type on student performance is mixed. Researchers are also interested in finding out the effect of private school competition on educational outcomes.
One popular argument for expanding private school choice is that public schools will improve their own performance when faced with competition for students. Because state school funding is tied to student enrollment, losing students to . vate school competition on public school performance, we examine whether students in schools that face a greater threat of losing students to private schools as a result of the introduction of tax-credit funded scholarships improve their test scores more than do students in schools that face a less-pronounced threat.