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  • Jan 29 2016

U.S. States Ranked by Educational Choice Share

We are introducing a new calculation to our school choice program rankings this year: educational choice share, or “edchoice share.” The calculations behind this ranking seek to answer one question: Which states have the highest and lowest percentage of students exercising their educational freedom through private school choice programs?

To get this number, we divided the total number of a state’s school choice program participants by the total number of taxpayer-supported students in the state.

Why focus on private choice programs and not all types of educational choice, such as virtual school, homeschool, course choice, charter school, inter- and intra- district choice, and others?

Right now, there are two reasons.

1) To calculate such a figure, we would need state-level participation data for all of the other types of educational choice options mentioned above. Boiled down, available data is simply too inconsistent right now to make an accurate, comparable estimate for all states.

2) This “edchoice share” percentage provides insight into the role private school choice programs play in bridging the stark gap between families’ schooling preferences and today’s actual enrollments.

Private school preferences vs reality

For added context, we have also included estimates of total private school share for each state. To calculate that share, we divided a state’s total private school students by all known students attending school. Note: This calculation uses estimated U.S. Department of Education data, and some states have much larger margins of error than others.

We believe these two figures can tell us a lot about the effectiveness of states at meeting the demand of families for educational freedom and expanded learning options. Without further ado, allow us to present our 2016 “edchoice share” rankings below.

1. Arizona
5 Programs | 4.9% – edchoice share | 3.8% – private school share

2. Vermont
1 Program | 4.2% – edchoice share | 9.5% – private school share

3. Florida
3 Programs | 4.1% – edchoice share | 9.6% – private school share

4. Indiana
2 Programs | 3.9% – edchoice share | 9.8% – private school share

5. Wisconsin
3 Programs | 3.7% – edchoice share | 12.1% – private school share

6. Maine
1 Program | 3.1% – edchoice share | 9.0% – private school share

7. Pennsylvania
2 Programs | 2.8% – edchoice share | 12.2% – private school share

8. Ohio
5 Programs | 2.6% – edchoice share | 10.1% – private school share

9. Iowa
1 Program | 2.2% – edchoice share | 10.9% – private school share

10. District of Columbia
1 Program | 1.8% – edchoice share | 18.9% – private school share

11. Louisiana
3 Programs | 1.5% – edchoice share | 14.4% – private school share

12. Georgia
2 Programs | 1.0% – edchoice share | 6.7% – private school share

13. Alabama
1 Program | 0.5% – edchoice share | 8.4% – private school share

14. Rhode Island
1 Program | 0.4% – edchoice share | 14.1% – private school share

15. South Carolina
2 Programs | 0.3% – edchoice share | 6.2% – private school share

16. North Carolina
2 Programs | 0.2% – edchoice share | 6.6% – private school share

17. Oklahoma
1 Program | 0.2% – edchoice share | 4.5% – private school share

18. Nevada
2 Programs* | 0.1% – edchoice share | 4.4% – private school share

19. Utah
1 Program | 0.1% – edchoice share | 2.5% – private school share

20. Virginia
1 Program | 0.1% – edchoice share | 7.4% – private school share

21. Mississippi
3 Programs | 0.1% – edchoice share | 8.7% – private school share

22. New Hampshire
1 Program | 0.1% – edchoice share | 10.5% – private school share

23. Colorado
1 Program | 0.1% – edchoice share** | 5.1% – private school share

24. Kansas
1 Program | 0.02% – edchoice share | 7.7% – private school share

Arkansas
1 Program | Not Available | 5.0% – private school share

Illinois
1 Program** | Not Available| 10.3% – private school share

Minnesota
2 Programs** | Not Available| 8.4% – private school share

Montana 
1 Program | Not Available | 5.7% – private school share

Tennessee
1 Program | Not Available | 7.8% – private school share

Alaska
0 Programs | None | 3.1% – private school share

California
0 Programs | None | 7.8% – private school share

Connecticut
0 Programs | None | 9.9% – private school share

Delaware
0 Programs | None | 14.3% – private school share

Hawaii
0 Programs | None | 15.5% – private school share

Idaho
0 Programs | None | 3.7% – private school share

Kentucky
0 Programs | None | 8.5% – private school share

Maryland
0 Programs | None | 12.3% – private school share

Massachusetts
0 Programs | None | 10.8% – private school share

Michigan
0 Programs | None | 7.2% – private school share

Missouri
0 Programs | None | 11.5% – private school share

Nebraska
0 Programs | None | 11.0% – private school share

New Jersey
0 Programs | None | 11.5% – private school share

New Mexico
0 Programs | None | 5.5% – private school share

New York
0 Programs | None | 14.1% – private school share

North Dakota
0 Programs | None | 6.2% – private school share

Oregon
0 Programs | None | 7.1% – private school share

South Dakota
0 Programs | None | 7.4% – private school share

Texas
0 Programs | None | 4.4% – private school share

Washington
0 Programs | None | 6.9% – private school share

West Virginia
0 Programs | None | 4.3% – private school share

Wyoming
0 Programs | None | 2.1% – private school share

 

*Participation data is not yet available for Nevada’s Education Savings Account program, which is currently under injunction.

**Minnesota’s and Illinois’s programs are individual tax credits/deductions. We know only the number of tax returns claiming the credits/deductions, not the actual number of program participants.

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