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National Research and Development Center on School Choice,Competition, and Achievement


The National Center on School Choice conducts scientific, comprehensive, and timely studies on school choice to inform policy and practice. The Center exercises national leadership in coordinating the diverse efforts of multiple disciplines, methodologies, and substantive issues that are associated with the design, implementation, and effects of school choice. Our program of research engages distinguished scholars across major social science disciplines from national doctoral universities and research organizations.

The National Center on School Choice is partly funded by a major grant from the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. The federal grant provides approximately ten million dollars in research support over five years. According to a cooperative agreement, the lead institution is Vanderbilt University and partner institutions are the Brookings Institution, Brown University, Harvard University, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Northwest Evaluation Association, Stanford University, and the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis.