DC Opportunity School Voucher Program: Latest Evaluation Report Released

The latest evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program found no impacts on student achievement 3 years after students applied for the program. There were positive impacts on students’ satisfaction with their school and perceptions of school safety, and on the rates of student chronic absenteeism. There were no statistically significant effects on parents’ satisfaction with their child’s school, parents’ perceptions of school safety, or parent involvement in education.

The Institute of Education Sciences published the latest report: Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Impacts Three Years After Students Applied. Westat authored the report.

The report examines impacts on achievement and other outcomes 3 years after eligible children were selected or not selected to receive scholarships using a lottery process in 2012, 2013, and 2014. It is the 6th in a series of reports, as mandated by Congress.

The DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, established in 2004, is the only federally funded private school voucher program for low-income parents in the U.S.

Learn more about evaluating school vouchers in Washington, DC.

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