ERIC Number: ED422431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep-23
Reference Count: N/A
How Milwaukee's Choice Program Helps Poor Children Succeed in School. F.Y.I., 120.
School choice for poor children is likely to be an issue in many state and congressional races. Lawmakers and parents need to pay close attention to the quality of academic evaluations of school choice programs. Evaluations of the program in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) provide a case in point. In 1990, Milwaukee instituted the nation's first publicly funded school choice program. Data released in February 1996 about the Milwaukee program indicates that the reading scores of choice students in their third and fourth years were, on average, from 3 to 5 percentile points higher than those of comparable low-income public school students. Mathematics scores were, on average, 5 and 12 percentile points higher. This evaluation, conducted by J. Greene and P. Petersen was designed to correct for methodological errors of previous evaluations. Their results confirm a growing collection of evidence that shows that private school vouchers are the key to educational success for students who are financially trapped in failing inner-city public school systems. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC.