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In this report, we survey North Carolina’s private school landscape, describing: the agencies and associations that most frequently interact with schools in this sector; relevant legislative and policy developments that have shaped the private school sector in recent years; and the availability and usefulness to researchers, policy makers, and practitioners alike of relevant administrative data.

Paying particularly close attention to the state’s means-tested private school voucher program — the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Program — we summarize key trends since 2014-15 to 2017-18 and digitize original data that have never before been analyzed in a comprehensive manner to shed light on this understudied but diverse school sector.

For more, read this Twitter thread that highlights some of the key takeaways and interesting graphics from the report.

Anna Egalite

Anna J. Egalite is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development in the College of Education at N.C. State University.

M. Daniela Barriga

M. Daniela Barriga is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on school choice and education equity.

Trip Stallings

Trip Stallings is the Director of Policy Research at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at N.C. State University.

Emily Antoszyk

Emily Antoszyk is a research associate at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University.