Students who participated in a school choice program for low-income families in the nation’s capital were less likely to miss classes than peers who applied but did not get scholarships, a government evaluation has found.
Students in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program also were more likely to give their schools a positive safety rating, concluded the study by the Institute of Education Sciences, a research branch of the U.S. Department of Education.
“For one-third of the amount spent per pupil in the D.C. public schools, the OSP [Opportunity Scholarship Program] produced kids who scored the same on tests but were happier, safer, and less truant,” said Patrick Wolf, director of the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform.
“That’s a clear win for school choice,” Wolf said.
The Department of Education’s evaluation, released Wednesday, compared achievement and other outcomes of students who received vouchers and those who did not three years after both groups applied to the scholarship program.
A pioneer researcher of the impact of school choice on character, Wolf released his own report showing a link between reduced crime and students who received vouchers from the Milwaukee School Choice Program, as The Daily Signal reported.
Although the new evaluation of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarships found a mixed effect on test scores, researchers also are interested in the impact of private schools on behavior.
Lindsey Burke, director of the Center for Education Policy at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal that the evaluation shows the program is delivering for low-income D.C. families.
“Perceptions of student safety increased 34% among participants, student satisfaction increased 18%, and chronic absenteeism dropped 27% among program participants,” Burke said in an email Friday, adding:
All of these improvements occurred with students on a voucher receiving roughly one-third of the revenue per pupil in D.C. public …read more
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