Education K-12 M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliot, Nathan

Second Reader

Lisa Silmser


School choice creates competition for students and resources. This competition can have different results in rural and urban settings. The experience is different in both the charter school and resident district, or traditional public school setting. On the other hand, at its core, education is also similar in both settings. This literature review examines the experience in both settings and its most important result, student achievement. By highlighting competition, achievement, enrollment, educator satisfaction, rural/urban issues, and resource allocation, the author finds that students achieve best in the setting that best suits their own needs. Students need small class sizes, with an appropriate student teacher ratio, satisfied well prepared teachers and a good school environment. The building students attend, and the mission of the building are not the essential components to achievement and future success, but rather meeting the needs of students. Policy makers need to build a greater understanding of the results of their choices, continued advocacy for our children is necessary.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis