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School Choice

Many states have adopted legislation enabling the operation of year-round schools or public charter schools, the latter of which operate with varying degrees of independence from state education agencies in exchange for increased accountability for student performance. The tables in this section provide information on states' policies concerning charter school systems and other school choice programs. Additional national information about school choice, homeschooling, and virtual schooling is available from the NCES National Household Education Survey (NHES). Please visit the State Education Practices table archive for more tables on school choice.

Data Tables

Table 2.1 States with voucher programs, by state: 2017


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Link 2.01 Charter school policies, by state: 2020

Please note: Data on this site are drawn from a wide variety of sources, primarily outside NCES. These data are largely self-reported by the states. Each source collected the data using research methods specific to its organization. Readers should take care when comparing data from different sources as the data may not be comparable due to differences in procedures and timing of data collection. Updates to this site occur as source organizations release new data. This site is intended as a broad reference tool and not meant to serve as a comprehensive repository of policy developments.