A Think Twice Review of:
Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Impacts After Three Years
Think Twice - May 21, 2009
Publisher/Think Tank - School Choice Demonstration Project; Institute of Educational Sciences, National Center for Educational Evaluation and Regional Assistance
The report finds that after three years, students in the D.C. voucher program showed modestly higher reading scores, but no significant difference in math scores when compared with a control group of students who didn’t get vouchers.
Reviewer(s) - Martin Carnoy, Stanford University
Carnoy’s review points out that any change in scores is modest and provides little support for vouchers as a solution to D.C.’s educational problems. He suggests that the report could have done far better in analyzing the results and presenting them in a more nuanced fashion.