ERIC Number: ED441275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
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School Choice in Dayton, Ohio: An Evaluation After One Year.
Howell, William G.; Peterson, Paul E.
Despite their limitations, early evaluations of voucher programs provided program operators and evaluation teams with opportunities to learn the problems accompanying the study of school vouchers. Subsequent voucher programs in Dayton (Ohio), New York, and Washington, D.C., were designed to allow for the collection of high-quality information about student test scores and parental assessments of public and private schools. Because scholarships in these cities were awarded by lottery, program evaluations could be designed as randomized field trials. Prior to the lottery, the evaluation team collected baseline data on student test scores and family background characteristics. One year later, the evaluation team retested the students and asked parents about their children's school experiences. This paper reports on the experiences of students and families participating in a privately funded voucher program in Dayton, Ohio. An assessment by parents and students of the program's impact on student achievement and other education and social outcomes is provided. The appendix has three parts: (1) a discussion of the procedures for adjusting weights; (2) tables of characteristics of those who did and did not attend the followup testing sessions and results of logit models used to estimate weights; and (3) full results from equations estimating impacts on test scores. Contains 17 tables. (DFR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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