From the Publisher
"The authors' RFT design sets this study apart from most of the earlier school choice studies...the authors' sophisticated and skillfully presented research elevates a debate that has been largely limited to the realm of politics and public opinion...This impressive volume should be required reading for anyone nvolved in K-12 research or policymaking." Michael F. Addonizio, Wayne State University, Book Review
"This is the most important book ever written on the subject of vouchers." John E. Brandl, University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
"Love them or hate them, vouchers are on the agenda. Because of the strength of its research design and the daunting financial and administrative hurdles facing anyone who tries to launch another randomized evaluation of vouchers, The Education Gap will provide an important intellectual battleground for the debate over vouchers for years to come." Alan B. Krueger, Princeton University
"provide[s] convincing evidence that someone should fund a large, multi-year program that pays all the tuition for any low-income parent who wants to send a child to a private school." Martin Morse Wooster, The Washington Times, 9/22/2002
"A well-crafted piece of work." Frances C. Fowler, Miami of Ohio University, Educational Researcher, 3/1/2003
"Presents the results of what has been called the most comprehensive study on vouchers conducted to date." Education Week, 8/7/2002
Journal of Politics
"A major contribution of this study lies in its application of randomized field trials . . . [which] are rarely used in educational research."
Perspectives on Politics
"Howell and Peterson have made a tremendous contribution to the study of small-scale voucher programs and their consequences. The methods and findings presented in The Education Gap establish a new standard of excellence in policy research and lay the ground for even more carefully calibrated future work."
American Journal of Education
"Howell and Peterson have set a very high standard not only for voucher research but for the evaluation of educational reforms more generally. . . . Their usage of sophisticated methodologies and their breadth of outcome measurements establish this as the definitive scholarly work on voucher programs in the United States."
What People are saying about this
From the Publisher
"This study is based on the best experimental arrangements on voucher programs to date. The results are intriguing and will generate very healthy debate. It is must reading for anyone interested in the battle over vouchers in America." John Witte, University of Wisconsin
John E. Brandl
"This is the most important book ever written on the subject of vouchers."
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
"A fascinating and highly readable account of the experience of school voucher programmes in the United States."