ERIC Number: ED462532
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb-19
Reference Count: N/A
School Choice in New York City after Three Years: An Evaluation of the School Choice Scholarships Program. Final Report.
Mayer, Daniel P.; Peterson, Paul E.; Myers, David E.; Tuttle, Christina Clark; Howell, William G.
This report presents third-year findings from an evaluation of the School Choice Scholarships Foundation Program. In 1997, this program provided scholarships via a lottery to low-income, New York City children in grades 1 through 4 that allowed them to transfer to private schools. The evaluation compared scholarship to control students, using test score, survey, and school-level data collected in the year 2000. On standardized tests, students offered scholarships performed similarly to control students. Those who ever attended private schools did not outperform those who never attended private schools. Patterns of impact for Hispanic students differed markedly from patterns for African American students in regard to test scores. Parents reported that schools and classes attended by scholarship students were smaller than those attended by public school students. Private schools were more orderly than public schools. Parents of children who switched to private schools were much more satisfied with their schools than parents of public school students. Among students offered scholarships, 53 percent used them to attend private schools for 3 full years. Parents who declined scholarships generally did so because they could not afford the added tuition and expenses. Five appendixes include research data and findings. (Contains 26 tables and 38 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Students, Educational Environment, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Education, Hispanic American Students, Low Income Groups, Parent Attitudes, Private Schools, Program Effectiveness, Racial Differences, Scholarships, School Choice, Tables (Data), Urban Schools
For full text: http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/pepg/pdf/nyc%20yr3%20MPR PEPG%20full.rep%202.19.02.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., Greensboro, NC.; Donner (William H.) Foundation.; John M. Olin Foundation, Inc., Alton, IL.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Kennedy School of Government.; Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Dept. of Government.; Mathematica Policy Research, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
IES Cited: EJ927630