ERIC Number: ED447224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Effect of School Choice: An Evaluation of the Charlotte Children's Scholarship Fund Program. Civic Report No. 12.
Greene, Jay P.
The Children's Scholarship Fund (CSF) program in Charlotte, North Carolina offered partial scholarships, awarded by lottery, to low-income families in Charlotte to attend private schools in the 1999-2000 school year. Families of 452 students (or the students themselves in some cases), some of whom were using scholarships and some of whom were not, responded to the study survey. Receiving a scholarship to attend private school improved scores on standardized mathematics and reading tests. Nearly twice as many choice parents gave their child's school an "A" (53%) as public school parents (26%). Choice parents were also nearly twice as likely to report being "very satisfied." Overall, evidence from the CSF suggests that providing low-income families with scholarships has significant benefits for those families. The private schools accepting scholarship students were smaller and had smaller class sizes, on average, than the public schools, but small class size does not explain the higher student achievement observed in the private schools. Adding class size to the multivariate model predicting student test scores shows that class size has no effect on student achievement in this sample. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manhattan Inst., New York, NY. Center for Civic Innovation.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina (Charlotte)