ERIC Number: ED530004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar-31
Abstractor: As Provided
Review of "Graduation Rates for Choice and Public School Students in Milwaukee, 2003-2008"
Cobb, Casey D.
Education and the Public Interest Center
This review examines a research study that compares high school graduation rates of students who used vouchers to attend private high schools in Milwaukee and students who attended public high schools in that same city. The study reports that for the most recent year of data, a sample of voucher students had estimated graduation rates 12 percentage points higher on average than a sample of public school students. Overall, the trend favoring voucher students was observed in five of the previous six years. The analysis is technically accurate and makes defensible assumptions as necessary for the final calculations. However, although the results are descriptively useful, any real claims about whether the voucher program is actually causing higher graduation rates would depend on a much stronger research design. (Contains 10 notes.) [This paper reviews the following document: "Graduation Rates for Choice and Public School Students in Milwaukee, 2003-2008".]
Descriptors: Research Design, High Schools, Public Schools, Graduation Rate, Graduation, Educational Vouchers, School Choice, Effective Schools Research, School Effectiveness, Comparative Analysis, Research Methodology, Research Reports, Research Problems, Validity, Literature Reviews, Educational Policy, Educational Practices
Education and the Public Interest Center. School of Education, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309. Tel: 303-447-EPIC; Fax: 303-492-7090; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.colorado.edu/education/centersoutreach/epic.html
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Sponsor: Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice
Authoring Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder, Education and the Public Interest Center; Arizona State University, Education Policy Research Unit
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin