ERIC Number: EJ1046270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
High-Stakes Choice: Achievement and Accountability in the Nation's Oldest Urban Voucher Program
Witte, John F.; Wolf, Patrick J.; Cowen, Joshua M.; Carlson, Deven E.; Fleming, David J.
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v36 n4 p437-456 Dec 2014
This article considers the impact of a high-stakes testing and reporting requirement on students using publicly funded vouchers to attend private schools. We describe how such a policy was implemented during the course of a previously authorized multi-year evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, which provided us with data on voucher students before and after the reform, as well as on public school students who received no new policy treatment. Our results indicate substantial growth for voucher students in the first high-stakes testing year, particularly in mathematics, and for students with higher levels of earlier academic achievement. We discuss these results in the context of both the school choice and accountability literatures.
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Academic Achievement, High Stakes Tests, Educational Vouchers, Private Schools, School Choice, Parent Attitudes, Accountability, Policy Analysis, Achievement Gains, Educational History, State Legislation, Mathematics Achievement, Reading Achievement, Grade 7, Grade 8, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Grade 8
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin