Tuesday, April 7, 2009

That report on DC vouchers

As Ed Week reports , a new (and unusually scientific) study of the District of Columbia's voucher program does show some significant positive impacts. Looking at the actual report, the positive impacts were for:
  • Participants who applied from schools not classified as “ in need of improvement.”
  • Students who applied with "relatively higher levels of academic performance."
  • Female students.
  • Students entering grades K-8.
  • Students from the first cohort of applicants.
Similar impacts were not found for:
  • Students who entered "with relative academic disadvantage."
  • Students who applied from schools in need of improvement or were in the lower in the lower third of the test score distribution among applicants.
  • Male students.
  • Students entering high school.
  • Students in application cohort 2.

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