ERIC Number: ED465828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
What the Harvard/Mathematica Study Says about Vouchers and Low-Income African-American Students.
Johnson, Kirk A.; Kafer, Krista
This report discusses how the School Choice Scholarships Foundation, a philanthropic, privately funded voucher program, selected students to receive vouchers and reviews the results of a study on vouchers and low-income, African-American students. New York City students were selected to receive the vouchers via a lottery. During the application and eligibility process, students took baseline achievement tests and parents completed questionnaires about their satisfaction with their children's current school, involvement with their children's schooling, and demographic characteristics. These data were used to assess the effectiveness of vouchers in raising student achievement. Results indicated that standardized reading and mathematics test scores for black students who had used their vouchers to attend private schools for 3 years were 9.2 percentile points higher than those of comparable black students who did not attend private schools. Overall test scores for black voucher recipients who attended private schools for at least 3 years were, on average, 7.6 percentile points higher than those of black students who never attended private schools. Parent satisfaction with their children's schools was higher among parents of voucher students. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Students, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Education, Low Income Groups, Parent Attitudes, School Choice, Scores, Urban Schools
For full text: http://www.heritage.org/library/cda/pdf/CDA 02-03x.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC. Center for Data Analysis.