ERIC Number: ED531258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Review of "SCDP Milwaukee Evaluation Report #32"
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 #32, which compares the test performance of MPCP students to that of a sample of students from the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). The comparisons revealed a mixed set of findings with no clear pattern. For example, a sample of low-income MPS students scored higher than MPCP students on average in 4th grade reading, math, and science, and in 8th and 10th grade math. MPCP students, on the other hand, scored higher than the MPS sample in 8th and 10th grade reading and science. The results are not particularly useful beyond providing a snapshot of how MPCP students and a comparison group of low-income MPS students performed on a battery of state exams. A supplemental analysis that found relatively more "very low" performing MPS schools was established by arbitrary cut scores and was potentially biased by unequal group sample sizes. The report correctly cautions readers not to make causal inferences about the effects of either sector given the descriptive nature of the analysis. (Contains 4 notes and references.) [This paper reviews the following document: "Milwaukee Longitudinal School Choice Evaluation: Annual School Testing Summary Report 2010-11. SCDP Milwaukee Evaluation Report #32" (ED530072).]
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, School Choice, Program Evaluation, Demonstration Programs, Program Effectiveness, Grade 4, Grade 10, Low Income Groups, Grade 8, Mathematics Achievement, Reading Achievement, Science Achievement, Public Schools
National Education Policy Center. School of Education 249 UCB University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309. Tel: 303-735-5290; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://nepc.colorado.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 4; Grade 8
Sponsor: Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice
Authoring Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder, National Education Policy Center
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin