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November 22, 2017

News From The NEPC: Indiana Survey Fails In Its Attempt To Inform School Choice Policy Discussions

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Problematic data collection and weak statistical analyses tell us little about parents’ experiences with their children’s schools.
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Indiana Survey Fails in Its Attempt to Inform School Choice Policy Discussions

Key Review Takeaway: Problematic data collection and weak statistical analyses tell us little about parents’ experiences with their children’s schools.


William J. Mathis(802)
Jeanne M. Powers: (480)

BOULDER, CO (November 21, 2017) – Why Indiana Parents Choose: A Cross-Sector Survey of Parents’ Views in a Robust School Choice Environment, authored by Andrew D. Catt and Evan Rhinesmith and published by EdChoice, presents results from a survey of K-12 parents within and across the public and private sectors.

Jeanne Powers, Professor at Arizona State University, reviewed the report and found significant problems with both the methods used to conduct the survey and the data analysis.

The report concludes that parents are highly satisfied with voucher and tax credit scholarship programs. The authors suggest that the findings support the expansion of school choice programs. However, even setting aside problems with the study’s data and methods, parent-satisfaction survey data almost always yield strongly positive findings. In fact, one underemphasized finding in this new survey is that substantial proportions of public school families—the largest constituency of K-12 parents in Indiana—did not participate in private school choice programs because they are happy with their current schools and want to support public schools.

But more importantly, Professor Powers finds that the survey and analysis fall short in four ways. First, three incompatible data collection methods were used to collect small samples of non-representative groups of Indiana parents. Second, the statistical analyses are too weak to draw clear conclusions. Third, while organized like a conventional research study, the report appears to be designed to advance an agenda rather than provide substantive answers to important policy questions. Finally, the report provides little new information about parents’ experiences with their children’s schools.

Thus, the report provides little useful information about school choice in Indiana or about public support for school choice programs.

Find the review, by Jeanne M. Powers, at:

Find Why Indiana Parents Choose: A Cross-Sector Survey of Parents’ Views in a Robust School Choice Environment, by Andrew D. Catt and Evan Rhinesmith, published by EdChoice, at:

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21 November 2017: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate alert for K12, Inc. from yesterday.


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Vanguard Group Inc. Has $49.96 Million Position in K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN)

K12 logo Vanguard Group Inc. increased its holdings in K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) by 1.8% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ November 21, 2017
K12 Inc (LRN) Moves Higher on Volume Spike for November 20

K12 Inc (LRN) traded on unusually high volume on Nov. 20, as the stock gained 1.53% to close at $15.93. On the day, K12 Inc saw 326,978 shares …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ November 21, 2017
Peak6 Investments LP Has Raised By $2.19 Million Its Store Cap (Put) (STOR) Stake; K12 (LRN …

Peak6 Investments Lp increased Store Cap Corp (Put) (STOR) stake by 2840% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Peak6 Investments Lp acquired 99,400 …
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November 21, 2017

November Update

One for my Kiwi readers.

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2018 Semester One Enrolments Now Open by VLN Primary School
Do you want your students to be #connectedlearners, lead their own learning and build key competencies?  Do you want to share in the expertise of a growing collaborative network of schools?   Read more
Kia ora koutou katoa

Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi – Akonga Aka Mariko. Welcome to the VLN Primary School

Our goal is to:

Create Connected, Passionate, Purposeful Learners

A super busy time in schools right now I know! But make sure you check into this newsletter to find out what opportunities there are for your students to participate in online learning in 2018. Get your enrolments in early to enable us enough time to prepare our teachers and timetables.  We will be adding more programmes and will let you know as they become available.

If you are thinking about joining the VLN Primary for the first time contact us for a taster session for you and your children. This short online session introduces you to our  online environment so you can have an idea of what is involved in our programmes & decide how you would like to participate.

In this newsletter we share the excitement of our recent Korean Cultural day – thanks to Kiwitea School for hosting our schools and Asia NZ for their support.

We also share information on a range of interesting and valuable PLD experiences for you or your staff – Korean principal’s study tour, Science teaching leadership and FLANZ digital technologies in education Mini conference. Finally consider how you can develop a Global Citizenship education project. We would love to partner with any schools who want support to help their ideas go further.

Ngā mihi nui



Kiwitea Students Korean Cultural Day Nov 2017, Sunny Yang VLNP teacher
VLN Primary Korean Day enriches students’ cultural diversity

Students learning Korean with the VLN Primary and students from Kiwitea School recently enjoyed a Korean Cultural Day to expand their knowledge of the culture. Students experienced a variety of traditional events, such as games, fan making, calligraphy, playing instruments and savouring Korean foods. Read more

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Korean Study Tour 2018

The Korean Education Centre are hosting Principals and Senior staff to visit Korean schools and educational organisations between 14~21 April 2018Apply now to meet the Nov 28 deadline.Read more

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Science Teaching Leadership Opportunity

Kath, Principal of Halfmoon Bay is having an awesome time on the Science Teaching Leadership Programme. Read about her experience and find out how you can participate in this amazing opportunity. Read more

FLANZ18 Conference
Inception to Infinity – Places, Spaces and Time for Learning

FLANZ – Flexible Learning NZ – Mini Conference. Calling all teachers who are interested in the ways in which digital technologies are changing the face of education! Join us for an evening of inspiring talk on the changing face of learning and teaching with a panel of internationally renowned exerts.   Read more

Global Citizenship Education Projects 

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is offering awards for Global Citizenship Education activities. Read more

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