ERIC Number: ED531256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Review of "SCDP Milwaukee Evaluation Report #29"
Cobb, Casey D.
National Education Policy Center
The School Choice Demonstration Project has published a series of reports written in the fifth and final year of its evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP). This review is of "Report #29," a five-year longitudinal growth study, which found that a sample of elementary and middle school MPCP students outperformed a matched sample of Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) students in reading in the fifth year of the program. The MPCP sample also showed trends of outscoring the MPS sample in math, but these were not statistically significant. The report acknowledges that the findings come as something of a surprise given that no differences were found between MPCP and MPS samples in the prior three years. The authors cite the introduction of a high-stakes accountability policy for MPCP schools just prior to that fifth and final year as a likely cause of the sudden spike in test scores among MPCP students. Overall, the report's methods are sound and its findings are appropriately qualified. Some of report's conclusions about the MPCP's effects on achievement growth appear overly general and potentially misrepresentative given the statistical results, however. The isolated jump in reading scores, but not math scores, in that fifth and final year of the study also raises uncertainty about what actually may have caused the sudden increase and what ultimately readers learn from the study. (Contains 6 notes and references.) [This paper reviews the following document: "MPCP Longitudinal Educational Growth Study: Fifth Year Report. SCDP Milwaukee Evaluation Report #29" (ED530071).]
Descriptors: School Choice, Evaluation, Demonstration Programs, Program Effectiveness, Longitudinal Studies, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Reading Achievement, High Stakes Tests, Accountability, Scores, Trend Analysis, Mathematics Achievement, Educational Vouchers, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools
Sponsor: Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice
Authoring Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder, National Education Policy Center
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin