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Heritage on DC Voucher Program

Sunday, April 26th, 2009


The Results Are In

Created in 2004 by Congress, the DCOSP provides disadvantaged students living in the nation’s capital tuition scholarships to attend private school. The federal legislation creating the program required a rigorous evaluation to determine the program’s impact on participating children’s education. This included a randomized-experiment trial comparing the outcomes of a treatment group (students who were offered scholarships through a lottery) and a control group (students who applied but were not offered vouchers through the lottery).

On April 3, the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences released the results of the third-year evaluation of the program.[2] Importantly, the evaluation found a statistically significant positive effect for the treatment group in reading. Specifically, students who had been offered vouchers were performing at statistically higher levels in reading, after approximately three months of additional learning. The report also found that families who had been offered a voucher were more satisfied with their children’s school and safety.