The Texas Public Policy Foundation today released a paper by Dr. Patrick J. Wolf, a distinguished professor of education policy and a 21st Century Endowed Chair in school choice at the University of Arkansas. The paper, “Boosting Graduation Rates in Texas through Education Savings Accounts,” examines the effect education savings accounts would have on high-school graduation rates in Texas.
“Graduating from high school is a crucial outcome for young people,” said Wolf. “Unfortunately, 12 percent of Texas students fail to earn the vital credential of a high school diploma. Private school choice has a proven track record of increasing graduation rates. In this study, I draw upon prior research, Texas demographics, and conservative assumptions to forecast that the launch of a universal private school choice program in the form of Education Savings Accounts in the fall of 2017 would generate 11,809 additional high school graduates in the Lone Star State by 2022.”
To read the full publication, please visit: http://txpo.li/2ebvjam
Dr. Patrick J. Wolf is a distinguished professor of education policy and a 21st Century Endowed Chair in school choice at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville who leads or assists with rigorous longitudinal evaluations of education choice programs. Wolf received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University and previously taught at Columbia and Georgetown.
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