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ERIC Number: ED509550
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 35
Abstractor: ERIC
Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Summary of Experimental Impacts after Three Years
Wolf, Patrick; Gutmann, Babette; Puma, Michael; Kisida, Brian; Rizzo, Lou; Eissa, Nada
National Center on School Choice, Vanderbilt University (NJ1)
The District of Columbia School Choice Incentive Act of 2003, passed by the Congress in January 2004, established the first federally funded, private school voucher program in the United States. The purpose of the new scholarship program is to provide low-income parents, particularly those whose children attend schools identified for improvement or corrective action under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, with "expanded opportunities to attend higher performing schools in the District of Columbia" (Sec. 303). As part of this legislation, the Congress mandated a rigorous evaluation of the impacts of the Program, now called the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). This paper presents findings from the evaluation on the impacts 3 years after families who applied were given the option to move from a public school to a participating private school of their choice. (Contains 12 tables, 2 figures and 25 footnotes.) [This paper was prepared for School Choice and School Improvement: Research in State, District and Community Contexts.]
National Center on School Choice, Vanderbilt University. Box 459 GPC, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203. Tel: 615-322-8107; Fax: 615-322-8828; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vanderbilt University, National Center on School Choice
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia