Data & Reports

We believe parents and policy makers should have the data necessary to make informed decisions that impact the future.

So, we have compiled information from the Arkansas Department of Ed. and the University of Arkansas so families can easily access information about their schools and districts!

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education has released "School Report Cards" which will allow you to view how well your school is doing.

Watch the video to the side to learn how to navigate the report and stay up to speed on your child's education!

We hope this collection of research papers and resources answers your questions about education choice and other education matters! Click the topics below (or the arrows to the far right of the topic) to see the articles for each topic.

The 123s of School Choice

In this resource, EdChoice has broken down all of the empirical studies of U.S. voucher, tax-credit scholarship and education savings account programs to date. Publisher: EdChoice (2021)

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EdChoice 101: An Introduction to the Basics of School Choice

This guide will introduce you to the fundamentals of school choice and answer some basic questions about why and how these programs work. Publisher: EdChoice (2021)

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EdChoice Study Guide: A Review of the Research on Private School Choice

This is an annually updated guide to the available research on private school choice programs in America. In this guide, you’ll learn what the body of rigorous research says about school choice’s effect on participant test scores, participant attainment parent satisfaction and more. Publisher: EdChoice (2021)

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Part-Time Enrollment Policy Analysis

Part-time enrollment policy varies widely from state to state. This 12-state analysis seeks to highlight those differences and suggests a promising set of policy that can support both public schools and families. Publisher: ExcelinEd (2021)

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The Warmth of Other Schools: Supporting Underrepresented Students in Private Schools

Part-time enrollment policy varies widely from state to state. This 12-state analysis seeks to highlight those differences and suggests a promising set of policy that can support both public schools and families. Publisher: ExcelinEd (2021)

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12 Myths and Realities about Private Educational Choice Programs

By Michael Bindas, David Hodges and Tim Keller

Part-time enrollment policy varies widely from state to state. This 12-state analysis seeks to highlight those differences and suggests a promising set of policy that can support both public schools and families. Publisher: Institute for Justice (2021)

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School Choice Guidebook 2020

This guidebook includes information on the school choice programs in place in every state. Publisher: American Federation for Children (2020)

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Decentralize K-12 Public Education

By Corey DeAngelis and Neil McCluskey

What the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear in education is that one size cannot fit all, and we must not try to force it. Publisher: Cato Institute (2020)

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COVID-19 Has Made It Undeniable: We Need School Choice

By Neil McCluskey

The simple fact is all communities, families, and children are different, and they need educational options reflective of that diversity. Publisher: Cato Institute (2020)

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Private School Choice: Myths v. Reality

There are many myths and misconceptions about private school choice programs. Despite the rhetoric, parents continue to demand school options and choose these programs to provide high quality educational opportunities for their children. Today, almost half a million students are enrolled in voucher, tax credit scholarship, and education savings account (ESA) programs nationwide. Below we address some common “myths” about these school choice programs. Publisher: American Federation for Children (2019)

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A Win-Win Solution: The Empirical Evidence on School Choice

By Greg Forster

This report surveys the empirical research on private
school choice programs. It provides a thorough overview of what the research has found on five key topics: academic outcomes of choice participants, academic outcomes of public schools, fiscal impact on taxpayers and public schools, racial segregation in schools, civic values and practices. Publisher: EdChoice (2016)

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Charter Schools in Northwest Arkansas: Patterns in Enrollment and Characteristics of Student Movers

By Matthew H Lee and Sarah C. McKenzie

Charter schools in northwest Arkansas are frequently praised for their academic performance and criticized for their lack of diversity. Using publicly available anonymized data from the Arkansas Department of Education, this article uses 11 years of enrollment trends in northwest Arkansas public schools … to analyze enrollment trends in northwest Arkansas traditional public schools and charter schools. Publisher: University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy (2020)

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Teacher Effectiveness and Improvement in Charter and Traditional Public Schools

By Matthew P. Steinberg and Haisheng Yang

This study explores how teacher effectiveness varies and evolves across traditional and charter public schools, as well as within the sector’s CMOs and standalone schools. Publisher: Thomas Fordham Institute (2020)

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The Effects of Charter Schools on Disciplinary Infractions in Traditional Public Schools: Evidence from Arkansas

By Thomas Snyder, Aaron Newell and Mavuto Kalulu

This study explores how teacher effectiveness varies and evolves across traditional and charter public schools, as well as within the sector’s CMOs and standalone schools. Publisher: Quarterly Review of Business Disciplines (2019)

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Rising Tide: Charter School Market Share and Student Achievement

By David Griffith

This is a first-of-its-kind study that looks at the relationship between “charter market share” and the academic achievement of all students in a given community, including those in traditional public schools. Publisher: Thomas Fordham Institute (2019)

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Arkansas Charter Schools: Myths and Facts

By Mavuto Kalulu

Debates about whether charter schools or traditional public schools are superior often contain inaccurate information. In the pages to follow, the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics examines some of the most common inaccuracies. Publisher: Arkansas Center for Research in Economics (2017)

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Charter Schools’ Impact on Traditional Public School Performance: Evidence from Arkansas

By Mavuto Kalulu, Thomas Snyder and Saliou Ouattara

This study estimates the effects of open-enrollment charter schools on student performance in traditional public schools in Arkansas. Publisher: eJournal of Education Policy (2017)

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Education Freedom and Student Achievement: Is More School Choice Associated with Higher State-Level Performance on the NAEP?

By Patrick J. Wolf, Jay P. Greene, Matthew Ladner and James D. Paul

This study includes a comprehensive index of educational freedom that
measures the availability and accessibility of private, charter, homeschool, and public school choice across the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (DC), called the Education Freedom Index. Then, they studied the correlation between the 2021 EFI and student performance on the NAEP. Publisher: ScholarWorks@UARK (2021)

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Evaluation of Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarship Program: Selection, Competition, and Performance Effects

By David Figlio and Krzysztof Karbownik

This study utilizes the results from state tests—which all EdChoice students are required to take—to examine the vouchers’ effects on two groups of pupils. First, the study inspects the scores of public school students who were eligible for vouchers—but did not take one—in order to gauge the competitive effects of EdChoice (i.e., its impact on traditional public school students and their schools). Second, it examines the academic impact of EdChoice on those students who actually use the vouchers to attend private schools. Publisher: Thomas Fordham Institute (2016)

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The Fiscal Effects of Private K-12 Educatoin Choice Programs in the United States

By Marty Lueken

From an analysis of 40 private educational choice programs in 19 states plus D.C., this report summarizes the facts and the evidence on the fiscal effects of educational choice programs across the United States. Publisher: edChoice (2021)

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Robbers or Victims?  Charter Schools and District Finances

By Mark Weber

Opponents of charters contend that they drain district coffers, while proponents argue that it is charters that are denied essential funding. Yet too often, the claims made by both sides of this debate have been based on assumptions rather than hard evidence. Publisher: Thomas Fordham Institute (2021)

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Scholarship Tax Credits in Virginia: Net Fiscal Impact of Virginia’s Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits Program

This report provides a fiscal impact assessment of the Virginia Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits Program. Publisher: Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy (2021)

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Do Charter Schools Harm Traditional Public Schools? Years of Test-Score Data Suggest They Don’t

By Marcus A. Winters

This report takes a more descriptive approach to the evidence on the relationship between charter schools and declines in public school quality. Publisher: Manhattan Institute (2020)

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State Level Fiscal Impact of the Succeed Scholarship Program 2017-2018

By Julie R. Trivitt and Corey A. DeAngelis

This report examines the expected fiscal impact of the Succeed Scholarship Program in Arkansas. Succeed Scholarships are available for special education students with an Individualized Education Plan and pay for private school tuition up to the Foundation Funding amount for the year. Publisher: University of Arkansas Office of Education Policy (2018)

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Distribution of Education Savings Accounts Usage Among Families: Evidence from the Florida Gardiner Program

By Michelle L. Lofton and Martin F. Lueken

Education savings accounts (ESAs) are education funding mechanisms that allow for families to receive a deposit of public funds to a government-authorized savings account. Using student-level longitudinal data, this paper examines how families participating in the Florida Gardiner Scholarship Program use education savings account funds. Publisher: EdChoice (2021)

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The Untapped Potential of Expanded Tax Credit Scholarships

By Corey A. DeAngelis and Marc LeBlond

This study reviews the most rigorous evidence on school choice and student outcomes in the United States and estimates the economic impacts of expanding access to Pennsylvania’s K-12 tax credit scholarship programs by increasing the cap by $95 million in the 2021-22 school year. Publisher: Commonwealth Foundation (2021)

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A Systematic Review of the Empirical Research on Selected Aspects of Homeschooling as a School Choice

By Brian D. Ray

This peer-reviewed article gives the demographic characteristics of the U.S. homeschooling population and the reasons that parents choose to homeschool, summarizes the findings of studies on the homeschool learner outcomes of academic achievement, social development, and success in adulthood, and proposes future research on parent-led home-based education. Publisher: National Home Education Research Institute (2019)

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African American Homeschool Parents’ Motivations for Homeschooling and Their Black Children’s Academic Achievement

By Brian D. Ray

This study explores the motivations of African American parents for choosing homeschooling for their children and the academic achievement of their Black homeschool students. Publisher: National Home Education Research Institute (2015)

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Surveying the Military: What America’s Servicemembers, Veterans, and Their Spouses Think About K-12 Education and the Profession

By Paul DiPerna, Lindsey M. Burke and Anne Ryland

This article shows the results from a 2017 multi-mode survey of 1,200 active-duty military servicemembers, veterans, and their spouses. The goal was to gain a better understanding of the view of military households and families toward K–12 education, especially regarding current developments in expanding educational options and access. Publisher: EdChoice (2017)

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School Choice and School Safety: Reviewing the School Safety Evidence on Private and Charter Schools in the U.S.

By Jude Schwalbach and Corey A. DeAngelis

This study examines the literature linking private and charter schooling to perceptions of student safety in United States schools. Publisher: EdChoice (2020)

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We also wanted to share this data from our annual parent survey about the Succeed Scholarhip program.

In the Annual Succeed Scholarship Parent Survey over 97% of parents said they were satisfied with the academic progress made by their child using the Succeed Scholarship.  Learn more about our annual survey by clicking here.