AFC releases first ever 2016/17 School Choice Report Card

Ranking of 27 general education private school choice programs, Florida tax credit program takes top spot

Today, the American Federation for Children released its first ever Report Card, a comprehensive ranking of general education, private school choice programs across the country. The Report Card analyzes programs, assigns a ranking and provides suggestions for how programs can better serve students. Programs from Florida, Nevada, Indiana and North Carolina are at the top of the list.

“Private school choice programs are providing children across the country with access to a world-class education and the opportunity to succeed throughout their lives,” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children. “We hope legislators, parents and advocates take note and join in the effort to improve the education revolution we have created through school choice.”

ReportCard“The 2016/17 Report Card highlights the success of programs and discusses ways each program can improve to better serve students,” said Whitney Marcavage, author of the report and policy director of the American Federation for Children.

The Report Card scores 27 active non-special needs voucher, scholarship tax credit and education savings account programs against ideal standards for program quality. The report also serves as a tool to help improve programs and maximize student participation.

The top five programs were:

  • Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (Scholarship tax credit program)
  • Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program (Scholarship tax credit program)
  • Indiana Choice Scholarship Program (Voucher program)
  • North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Program (Voucher program)
  • Louisiana Tuition Donation Rebate Program (Scholarship tax credit program)

Programs were evaluated based on student eligibility, scholarship and program size, and accountability. Each of these categories had subcategories that were rated on a scale of 0 to 4 points. The more closely aligned a program is with AFC Growth Fund’s model, the more points the program received. Comparisons were made within and across program types by calculating a percentage of points awarded out of the total points available.

To see the full Report Card ranking: http://bit.ly/2bnfCti.

About the author:

Whitney Rhoades Marcavage is the policy director at the American Federation for Children, where she provides AFC and its state partners with school choice policy, legislative, and research expertise. Previously, Marcavage worked on international development policy at several NGOs and prior to that, served as committee staff on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, under then committee chairman John Boehner. Marcavage graduated from the University of Florida and resides in Maryland with her husband and one-year-old daughter.