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ERIC Number: EJ774992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
All over the Map: Explaining Educational Outcomes of the Moving to Opportunity Program
DeLuca, Stefanie
Education Next, v7 n4 p28-36 Fall 2007
The Moving to Opportunity (MTO) program sought to relocate poor families out of high-poverty neighborhoods by providing housing vouchers. Five urban housing authorities (Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York) participated in the demonstration program with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, providing rental assistance and counseling to households that were randomly selected from among applicants. Researchers expected that the move to a better neighborhood would have discernible effects on the academic achievement of the children involved, yet MTO data from the five cities show no overall positive impact on the children's learning. In "New Kids on the Block," Sanbonmatsu, Kling, Duncan, and Brooks-Gunn report the findings of their MTO study and offer several possible explanations for the program's lack of overall positive effects on academic achievement. In this essay, the author uses interview data collected from the Baltimore site of the MTO program to consider possible reasons why MTO did not have the expected results for educational achievement. Baltimore is the only one of the five cities in which Sanbonmatsu and her colleagues found positive impacts on reading and math test scores. These improvements, however, were only for elementary school-aged children from families that used restricted MTO vouchers. These effects on achievement, while statistically significant, were nonetheless small. The same dynamics that diminished education benefits in Baltimore were likely at play in the other MTO cities as well. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Language: English
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