Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education



First Advisor

Dr. Kathy Grover

Second Advisor

Dr. Sherry DeVore

Third Advisor

Dr. Jason Anderson


Educational choices provide unique learning opportunities for all children to have access to and allow parents to be the decision-makers for their child’s education (Valant & Lincove, 2018). Brown v. Board of Education (1954) of Topeka sparked the creation of choice programs in the United States to end the segregation of students and empower families to be direct stakeholders in their child’s education (Brown v. Board of Education, 1954). This study focused on a school district in the Midwest region of the United States, which investigated the expansion of learning options available to the community. The purpose of this study was to determine if there were significant differences in academic achievement, attendance, and discipline incidents between two student groups who either attended a district choice program or a traditional school classroom. The population for this study consisted of all eligible fifth-grade students who attended the Midwestern district from 2013 to 2017. The literature reviewed for this study was analyzed to inform and support the findings of this study. The de-identified district data collected and analyzed revealed significant differences in summative assessment outcomes between the two groups. Results showed that students who attended a district choice program earned higher exam scores than students who attended a traditional classroom. The data also uncovered significant differences in average daily attendance and discipline incidents between the two groups of students.


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