Do parents try to become more informed when given the opportunity to choose a school for their child? Researchers Michael Lovenheim and Patrick Walsh try to answer that question in an article published today by EducationNext.
They reviewed more than 100 million searches and 3 million search terms on GreatSchools.org between 2010 and 2013. The website offers parent reviews, academic results, demographic data and other information about schools.
The researchers looked at areas where new school choice options became available. For example, under the federal No Child Left Behind law (NCLB), schools receiving Title I funds that failed to meet minimum requirements for standardized test performance for two consecutive years were required to offer students the option to transfer to local schools that did meet standards. Continue Reading →