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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

Author(s) -

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.