Policy Documents

No. 116 Choice & Education Across the States

Michael Van Winkle –
April 14, 2008

Choice & Education Across the States ranks state efforts to increase accountability and improve student achievement with four kinds of school choice: vouchers, charters, tax credits, and public school choice.

With 23 being the highest possible score on the evaluation, the median score was just five points. However, many states are experimenting with choice as a way to provide a quality public education. A few states, like Arizona and Florida—scoring 15 and 14, respectively (grades of A in the curved grading system)—are innovating at an impressive pace, willing to try new and better ways to educate children.

Other states are not keeping pace and seem committed to preserving the largely choice-free status quo: Washington and Montana scored just one point each.