State education rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, Education Week, and others play a prominent role in legislative debate and public discourse concerning education. However, according to a new paper by Stan Liebowitz and Matthew L. Kelly, when achievement tests are used as measures of learning in these conventional rankings, they are aggregated in a way that provides misleading results. To overcome these deficiencies, Liebowitz and Kelly create a new ranking of state education systems using demographically disaggregated achievement data and excluding less informative factors that are not directly related to learning.
Not all school choice programs are created equal. Policy design differs greatly across states. Because voucher-using families use public education dollars that would have otherwise gone to government schools, taxpayers and government officials are often highly concerned about the quality of private schools these families choose for their children. Government regulations are largely the result of these concerns. In a new paper, Corey A. DeAngelis and Blake Hoarty find significant evidence to suggest that regulations deter high-quality private schools from participating in voucher programs in Ohio and Milwaukee.