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ERIC Number: ED508477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Promising Start: An Empirical Analysis of How EdChoice Vouchers Affect Ohio Public Schools. School Choice Issues in the State
Forster, Greg
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
This is the first empirical study to examine the effects of Ohio's EdChoice voucher program. Using publicly available data, it measures the program's effect on academic outcomes in public schools where students are eligible for vouchers. The EdChoice program offers vouchers to students who are assigned to chronically underperforming public schools. Students can use these vouchers to attend private schools of their choice. One of the purposes of voucher programs such as EdChoice is to improve academic outcomes at public schools by allowing students to ind the schools that are best suited to them and by introducing competitive incentives. However, opponents often claim that voucher programs harm public schools. This study finds that the EdChoice program produced academic improvements in voucher-eligible public schools. It tracks the year-to-year change in test scores within each school from one grade level to the next grade level (e.g. the difference between third-grade scores in 2005-06 and fourth-grade scores in 2006-07). It uses regression analysis to compare the academic growth of voucher-eligible schools with that of other Ohio schools, controlling for demographic variables and for the presence of charter schools. The analyses were then repeated using only schools in districts designated by the state as "major urban--very high poverty"; this second round of analysis compares voucher-eligible schools in very poor urban districts to other schools in very poor urban districts, helping reduce the possibility that results may be tainted by a statistical phenomenon known as "regression to the mean." Due to the restrictions of available data, the study is unable to include high schools. (Contains 3 tables and 13 endnotes.) [This study was released jointly by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, Agudath Israel of America, Alliance for School Choice, Black Alliance for Educational Options, Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Children's Scholarship Fund Cincinnati, Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options, Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund, Inc., School Choice Ohio, and Thomas B. Fordham Institute.]
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. Available from: Foundation for Educational Choice. One American Square Suite 2420, Indianapolis, IN 46282. Tel: 317-681-0745; Fax: 317-681-0945; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
Identifiers - Location: Ohio