Domestic Public Policy

Market-Based School Reform: A Nationwide Analysis of Policy, Market Functioning, and Student Outcomes

Grant Year: 2019


Douglas Harris will direct the research and publications program of a policy lab assessing the role of market-based reforms in the performance of school districts across the country. Building on the National Longitudinal School Choice Database, the lab will develop databases on achievement growth for all public and charter schools in the country; parent reviews of public, charter, and private schools; and descriptions of state and local policies. Using this data, Harris and his colleagues will compare the performance of districts across the country and examine the extent to which districts have created well-functioning markets that allow new schools to open, force the closing of low-performing schools, and provide parents with a variety of school options. The project’s findings will appear in a series of reports, articles, and policy briefs.

Tulane University Domestic Public Policy

$175,000