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ERIC Number: ED531966
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Milwaukee Longitudinal School Choice Evaluation: Annual School Testing Summary Report 2008-09. SCDP Milwaukee Evaluation Report #18
Dean, Jeffery R.; Wolf, Patrick J.
School Choice Demonstration Project
The purpose of this report is to provide descriptive data regarding the test scores of Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in reading, math, and science, as reported to the School Choice Demonstration Project 2008-2009. The tables, graphs, and histograms presented in this paper provide a snapshot of these students' percentile scores relative to overall national norms, and scaled scores on the WKCE (Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations) relative to MPS FRL (Milwaukee Public Schools free- and reduced-price lunch) students. Because national norms are based on students with "average" educational circumstances, and the MPCP exclusively serves low-income inner-city students, the fact that their average levels of performance on norm referenced tests cluster around the lower one-third of the distribution is not surprising and should not be interpreted to indicate that the MPCP in general or MPCP schools in particular are necessarily doing a poor job of educating students. As shown by the comparison with the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) percentile ranks, students in the MPCP are performing at higher levels than similar low-income students in large cities in the U.S. The comparison of the scaled scores of the Choice students and schools that took the WKCE with the scores of MPS FRL students and schools similarly is presented descriptively with no claim that the schools themselves were independently responsible for the various results. Any reliable determination of the effectiveness of a school choice program like the MPCP can only come from a rigorous longitudinal study that follows a representative group of choice students over time and compares their achievement gains to those of a comparable set of public school students. The MPCP Longitudinal Education Growth Study will serve as the proper source for such a determination. Schools with MPCP Students in Tested Grades Operating through May 2009 are appended. (Contains 4 tables, 20 figures and 12 footnotes.) [For the 2007-08 report, "Milwaukee Longitudinal School Choice Evaluation: Annual School Testing Summary Report 2007-08. SCDP Milwaukee Evaluation Report #9," see ED531943.]
School Choice Demonstration Project. Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas, 201 Graduate Education Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Tel: 479-575-3172; Fax: 479-575-3196; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 10; Grade 4; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation; Joyce Foundation; Kern Family Foundation; Walton Family Foundation; Robertson Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Arkansas, School Choice Demonstration Project (SCDP)
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress; Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations