ERIC Number: EJ1009523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Life after Vouchers: What Happens to Students Who Leave Private Schools for the Traditional Public Sector?
Carlson, Deven; Cowen, Joshua M.; Fleming, David J.
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v35 n2 p179-199 Jun 2013
Few school choice evaluations consider students who leave such programs, and fewer still consider the effects of leaving these programs as policy-relevant outcomes. Using a representative sample of students from the citywide voucher program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we analyze more than 1,000 students who leave the program during a 4-year period. We show that low-performing voucher students tend to move from the voucher sector into lower performing and less effective public schools than the typical public school student attends, whereas high-performing students transfer to better public schools. In general, transferring students realize substantial achievement gains after moving to the public sector; these results are robust to multiple analytical approaches. This evidence has important implications for school choice policy and research. (Contains 21 notes, 7 tables, and 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Private Schools, School Choice, Low Achievement, Public Schools, Academic Achievement, Institutional Characteristics, Educationally Disadvantaged, Achievement Gains, Scores, Mathematics Achievement, Reading Achievement, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Standardized Tests, Student Characteristics, High Achievement, Racial Differences, Gender Differences, Socioeconomic Status, English Language Learners, Transfer Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 6; Grade 5; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations