However, many countries offer students and parents far greater choice in education. Education Next has details on a new study comparing school choice and educational outcomes. The bottom line is – the more school choice a nation has (both in terms of students choosing private schools, and the percentage of funding the follows the child) the better the academic performance of the country:
Our findings from an international study of 29 countries speak quite clearly. Competition from private schools improves student achievement, and appears to do so for public school as well as private school students. And it produces these benefits while decreasing the total resources devoted to education, as measured by cumulative educational spending per pupil. Under competitive pressures from private schools, the productivity of the school system measured as the ratio between output and input increases by even more than is suggested by looking at educational outcomes alone. Ironically, although Catholics historically placed less emphasis on education than did adherents of many other religions, their resistance to state-run schooling in many countries helped create institutional configurations that continue to spur student achievement.