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ERIC Number: EJ1009523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3737
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.)
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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
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations