ERIC Number: EJ960490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Going Public: Who Leaves a Large, Longstanding, and Widely Available Urban Voucher Program?
Cowen, Joshua M.; Fleming, David J.; Witte, John F.; Wolf, Patrick J.
American Educational Research Journal, v49 n2 p231-256 Apr 2012
This article contributes to research concerning the determinants of student mobility between public and private schools. The authors analyze a unique set of data collected as part of a new evaluation of Milwaukee's citywide voucher program. The authors find several important patterns. Students who switch from the private to the public sector were performing lower than their peers on standardized tests in the prior year. African Americans were disproportionately more likely to leave the private sector, as were students in schools serving proportionally more voucher students. The authors argue that although these results indicate that a large voucher program may provide an educational home for some students, it may not provide a long-term solution to those who are among the most disadvantaged. (Contains 16 notes, 8 tables, and 3 figures.)
Descriptors: Private Schools, Private Sector, Standardized Tests, Public Sector, Student Mobility, Educational Vouchers, School Choice, Urban Schools, Academic Achievement, Disproportionate Representation, African American Students, Disadvantaged Youth, Racial Differences, Elementary School Students, White Students, Hispanic American Students, Asian American Students, Socioeconomic Status, Parents, Family Income, Educational Attainment
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