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The Unintended Consequences of School Choice

In the past decade, school choice interventions have emerged as one of the most hotly debated topics in education policy worldwide. A key aim behind such interventions is to loosen the connection behind housing and school choice that exists in systems using residential proximity as a tiebreaker admissions rule for oversubscribed schools.

Is PISA still a fair basis for comparison? Some serious questions have emerged

The OECD’s PISA study compares the science, reading and mathematics skills of 15-year-olds across countries, with the results closely watched by journalists, public policymakers and the general public from across the world.

School Inspections and School Choice

In the past decades, politicians worldwide have introduced various systems to hold schools accountable. In England, test-based accountability is combined with an independent, highstakes inspection regime (Ofsted), which continues to generate strong debate.

Education and social mobility

The role of education in promoting social mobility is a matter of intense contemporary sociological and political debate.

Dollars before scholars? Assessing the impacts of the introduction of a profit-motive to Florida's Charter school sector

Politicians worldwide have in the past decades tried to improve their statefunded schooling systems by introducing more choice and competition. By introducing market forces, the idea is to ensure that bad schools either are forced to improve or go out of business and that good schools expand – creating a virtuous ‘race to the top’.

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