Giving Compass’ Take:
· Federal reports on DC’s school voucher programs show some negative results, but InsideSources explains that it is not reflective of the program itself. According to Dr. Patrick Wolf, the program is still in early stages and accurate data cannot be obtained.
· Will this opportunity for children in poverty encourage them to pursue a college degree? What effects could this program have on the children picked?
A federal report on Washington, D.C.’s school voucher program could be misinterpreted to show the program isn’t working, when in fact, it’s still too early to tell what long-term gains enrolled students will achieve.
The DC Opportunity Scholarship Program lets families who “win” a lottery decide whether to accept scholarships that would give them a choice regarding where their child attends school. The scholarships can be used toward tuition at participating schools. All of the families in the program have an income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty line, and more than 40 percent come from two of the city’s toughest areas.
The report from the Institute of Education Science, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education, shows that math test scores among students who accepted the scholarship are lower for a second year than students who entered the lottery but were not selected. There was no statistical difference in reading scores between the two groups.
The students who participated in the scholarship study are still within the early years of their program. Researchers and others pay attention to this early data because that’s all that is available, but be cautioned that they are not accurate predictors of student attainment for longer-term goals of graduation and college enrollment.
Read the full article about the effects of the DC voucher program by Jessica R. Towhey at InsideSources.
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