The School Choice Demonstration Project (SCDP) is an educational research project based within the University of Arkansas’ Department of Education Reform. The national team of researchers, institutional research partners, and staff of the SCDP are devoted to the rigorous and unbiased evaluation of school choice programs and other school improvement efforts across the country.

The SCDP is committed to raising and advancing the public’s understanding of the strengths and limitations of school choice policies and programs.

Please also find these great reports on the School Choice Demonstration Project website.

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Reports from 2018

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Bigger Bang, Fewer Bucks? The Productivity of Public Charter Schools in Eight U.S. Cities, Corey A. DeAngelis, Patrick J. Wolf, Larry D. Maloney, and Jay F. May

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Charter School Funding: (More) Inequity in the City, Corey A. DeAngelis, Patrick J. Wolf, Larry D. Maloney, and Jay F. May

Reports from 2017

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“School Vouchers: Friend or Foe?”, Cynthia G. Brown, Howard Fuller, Helen F. Ladd, and Patrick J. Wolf

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Charter School Funding: Inequity in New York City, Larry D. Maloney and Patrick J. Wolf

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How has the Louisiana Scholarship Program Affected students? A Comprehensive Summary of Effects After Three Years, Jonathan N. Mills and Patrick J. Wolf

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The Effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program on Student Achievement After Three Years, Jonathan N. Mills and Patrick J. Wolf

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Supplying Choice: An Analysis of School Participation Decisions in Voucher Programs in DC, Indiana, and Louisiana, Yujie Sude, Corey A. DeAngelis, and Patrick J. Wolf

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State and District Fiscal Effects of a Universal Education Savings Account Program in Arkansas, Julie R. Trivitt and Corey A. DeAngelis

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State Fiscal Impact of the Succeed Scholarship Program 2016-2017, Julie R. Trivitt and Corey A. DeAngelis

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Special Education Identification in the Louisiana Scholarship Program, Sivan Tuchman and Patrick J. Wolf

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The Academic Effects of Private School Choice: Summary of Final Year Results from Experimental Studies, Patrick J. Wolf

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Charter School Funding: Inequity in the City, Patrick J. Wolf, Larry D. Maloney, Jay F. May, and Corey A. DeAngelis

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How HB 1222 Would Save Arkansas Money, Patrick J. Wolf, Julie R. Trivitt, and Corey A. DeAngelis

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How & Why The Arkansas Parental Empowerment For Education Choice Act of 2017 (HB 1222) Saves the State Money, Patrick J. Wolf, Julie R. Trivitt, and Corey A. DeAngelis

Reports from 2016

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Squeezing the Public School Districts: The Fiscal Effect of Eliminating the Louisiana Scholarship Program on State Education Expenditures, Corey A. DeAngelis and Julie R. Trivitt

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The School Choice Voucher: A 'Get Out of Jail' Card?, Corey A. DeAngelis and Patrick J. Wolf

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The Competitive Effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program on Public School Performance, Anna J. Egalite

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The Impact of the Louisiana Scholarship Program on Racial Segregation in Louisiana Schools, Anna J. Egalite, Jonathan N. Mills, and Patrick J. Wolf

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Measures of student non-cognitive skills and political tolerance after two years of the Louisiana Scholarship Program, Jonathan N. Mills, Albert Cheng, Collin Hitt, Patrick J. Wolf, and Jay Greene

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How has the Louisiana Scholarship Program Affected Students? A Comprehensive Summary of Effects After Two Years, Jonathan N. Mills, Anna J. Egalite, and Patrick J. Wolf

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The Effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program on Student Achievement After Two Years, Jonathan N. Mills and Patrick J. Wolf

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The Participant Effects of Private School Vouchers Across the Globe: A Meta-Analytic and Systematic Review, M. Danish Shakeel, Kaitlin Anderson, and Patrick J. Wolf

Reports from 2015

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Buckets of Water into the Ocean: Non-public Revenue in Public Charter and Traditional Public Schools, Meagan Batdorf, Albert Cheng, Larry D. Maloney, Jay F. May, and Patrick J. Wolf

Reports from 2014

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Charter School Funding: Inequity Expands, Meagan Batdorf, Larry D. Maloney, Jay F. May, Sheree T. Speakman, Patrick J. Wolf, and Albert Cheng

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The Productivity of Public Charter Schools, Patrick J. Wolf, Albert Cheng, Meagan Batdorf, Larry D. Maloney, Jay F. May, and Sheree T. Speakman

Reports from 2013

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Education’s Fiscal Cliff, Real or Perceived?, Larry D. Maloney, Meagan Batdorf, Jay F. May, and Michelle Terrell

Reports from 2012

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Student Attainment and the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Final Follow-up Analysis, Joshua M. Cowen, David J. Fleming, John F. Witte, Patrick J. Wolf, and Brian Kisida

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Milwaukee Longitudinal School Choice Evaluation: Annual School Testing Summary Report 2010-11, Anna M. Jacob and Patrick J. Wolf

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Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Descriptive Report on Participating Schools 2010–11, Michael Q. McShane, Brian Kisida, Laura I. Jensen, and Patrick J. Wolf

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School Site Visits: What can we learn from choice schools in Milwaukee?, Thomas Stewart, Anna M. Jacob, and Laura I. Jensen

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MPCP Longitudinal Educational Growth Study Fifth Year Report, John F. Witte, Deven Carlson, Joshua M. Cowen, Patrick J. Wolf, and David J. Fleming

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Milwaukee Independent Charter Schools Study: Final Report on Four-Year Achievement Gains, John F. Witte, Patrick J. Wolf, Deven Carlson, and Alicia Dean

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The Comprehensive Longitudinal Evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Summary of Final Reports, Patrick J. Wolf

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Special Education and the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, Patrick J. Wolf, John F. Witte, and David J. Fleming

Reports from 2011

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Student Attainment and the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, Joshua M. Cowen, David J. Fleming, John F. Witte, and Patrick J. Wolf

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The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Descriptive Report on Participating Schools 2009 – 2010, Brian Kisida, Laura I. Jensen, and Patrick J. Wolf

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Milwaukee Longitudinal School Choice Evaluation: Annual School Testing Summary Report 2009-10, Michael Q. McShane and Patrick J. Wolf

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MPCP Longitudinal Educational Growth Study Fourth Year Report, John F. Witte, Deven Carlson, Joshua M. Cowen, David J. Fleming, and Patrick J. Wolf

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Milwaukee Independent Charter Schools Study: Report on Two- and Three-Year Achievement Gains, John F. Witte, Patrick J. Wolf, Alicia Dean, and Deven Carlson

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The Comprehensive Longitudinal Evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Summary of Fourth Year Reports, Patrick J. Wolf

Reports from 2010

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Charter School Funding: Inequity Persists, Meagan Batdorf, Daniela Doyle, W. Holmes Finch, Brayan Hassel, and Brayan Hassel

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The Fiscal Impact of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: 2010 – 2011 Update and Policy Options, Robert M. Costrell

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School and Sector Switching in Milwaukee, Joshua M. Cowen, David J. Fleming, John F. Witte, and Patrick J. Wolf

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Milwaukee Longitudinal School Choice Evaluation: Annual School Testing Summary Report 2008-09, Jeffery R. Dean and Patrick J. Wolf

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The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program’s Effect on School Integration, Jay P. Greene, Jonathan N. Mills, and Stuart Buck

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The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Descriptive Report on Participating Schools 2008 – 2009, Brian Kisida, Laura I. Jensen, and Patrick J. Wolf

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Family Voices on Parental School Choice in Milwaukee: What can we learn from low-income families?, Thomas Stewart, Juanita Lucas-McLean, Laura I. Jensen, Christina Fetzko, Bonnie Ho, and Sylvia Segovia

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The MPCP Longitudinal Educational Growth Study Third Year Report, John F. Witte, Joshua M. Cowen, David J. Fleming, Patrick J. Wolf, Meghan R. Condon, and Juanita Lucas-McLean

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Milwaukee Independent Charter Schools Study: Report on One Year of Student Growth, John F. Witte, Patrick J. Wolf, Alicia Dean, and Deven Carlson

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The Comprehensive Longitudinal Evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Summary of Third Year Reports, Patrick J. Wolf

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Evaluation of the impact of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Final Report, Patrick J. Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Brian Kisida, Lou Rizzo, Nada Eissa, Matthew Carr, and Marsha Silverberg

Reports from 2009

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The Fiscal Impact of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: 2009 Update, Robert M. Costrell

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Milwaukee Longitudinal School Choice Evaluation: Annual School Testing Summary Report 2007-08, Nathan L. Gray, Patrick J. Wolf, and Laura I. Jensen

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The Effect of Milwaukee’s Parental Choice Program on Student Achievement in Milwaukee Public Schools, Jay P. Greene and Ryan H. Marsh

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The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Descriptive Report on Participating Schools, Brian Kisida, Laura I. Jensen, and Patrick J. Wolf

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Parent and Student Experiences with Choice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Thomas Stewart and Patrick J. Wolf

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Family Reflections on the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program: Final Summary Report, Thomas Stewart, Patrick J. Wolf, Stephen Q. Cornman, Kenann McKenzie-Thompson, and Jonathan Butcher

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School Choice and Home Prices: Evidence from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Marcus A. Winters

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The MPCP Longitudinal Educational Growth Study Second Year Report, John F. Witte, Patrick J. Wolf, Joshua M. Cowen, David J. Fleming, and Juanita Lucas-McLean

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The Comprehensive Longitudinal Evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Summary of Second Year Reports, Patrick J. Wolf

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Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Impacts After Three Years, Patrick J. Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Brian Kisida, Lou Rizzo, Nada Eissa, and Marsha Silverberg

Reports from 2008

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The Fiscal Impact of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program in Milwaukee and Wisconsin, 1993-2008, Robert M. Costrell

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Milwaukee Longitudinal School Choice Evaluation: Annual School Testing Summary Report, Nathan L. Gray, Patrick J. Wolf, and Laura I. Jensen

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The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Baseline Descriptive Report on Participating Schools, Brian Kisida, Laura I. Jensen, James C. Rahn, and Patrick J. Wolf

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The Muzzled Dog That Didn’t Bark: Charters and the Behavioral Response of D.C. Public Schools, Margaret D. Sullivan, Dean B. Campbell, and Brian Kisida

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MPCP Longitudinal Educational Growth Study Baseline Report, John F. Witte, Patrick J. Wolf, Joshua M. Cowen, David J. Fleming, and Juanita Lucas-McLean

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The Comprehensive Longitudinal Evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program: Summary of Baseline Reports, Patrick J. Wolf

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Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Impacts After Two Years, Patrick J. Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Brian Kisida, Lou Rizzo, Nada Eissa, and Marsha Silverberg

Reports from 2007

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The Evolution of School Choice Consumers: Parent and Student Voices on the Second Year of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, Stephen Q. Cornman, Thomas Stewart, and Patrick J. Wolf

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Satisfied, Optimistic, yet Concerned: Parent Voices on the Third Year of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, Thomas Stewart, Patrick J. Wolf, Stephen Q. Cornman, and Kenann McKenzie-Thompson

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Second Year Evaluation of the Systematic Effects of the DC Voucher Program, Marcus A. Winters and Jay P. Greene

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Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Impacts After One Year, Patrick J. Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, Lou Rizzo, Nada Eissa, and Marsha Silverberg

Reports from 2006

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An Evaluation of the effects of DC's voucher program on public school achievement and racial integration after one year, Jay P. Greene and Marcus A. Winters

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Who Chooses, Who Uses? Initial Evidence from the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, Patrick J. Wolf, Nada Eissa, and Babette Gutmann

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Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Second year Report on participation, Patrick J. Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Michael Puma, and Marsha Silverberg

Reports from 2005

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Charter School Funding: Inequity’s Next Frontier, Meagan Batdorf, Chester E. Finn, Bryan Hassel, Larry D. Maloney, Eric Osberg, Sheree T. Speakman, and Michelle Terrell

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Parent and Student Voices on the First Year of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, Thomas Stewart, Patrick J. Wolf, and Stephen Q. Cornman

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Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: First Year Report on Participation, Patrick J. Wolf, Babette Gutmann, Nada Eissa, Michael Puma, and Marsha Silverberg