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  • Live Blogging the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: Vouchers Work

    DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING – Principal Investigator for the Institute of Education Sciences Study at the University of Arkansas Patrick Wolf is the last witness to testify. He is the academic researcher who led the federally mandated evaluation. He says that this is the largest randomized experiment of a school voucher program.

    He says that the study found that the program had statistically significant positive impact on the use of a scholarship. He says that examining the results over time suggest that the academic gains grow overtime in reading. The more a child is in the program the greater their gains in reading grow. This trend does not appear in math.

    Dr Wolf places this program in context, saying that the majority of other federal programs evaluated by rigorous research have not delivered statistically significant gains for disadvantaged children.

    He says that the evaluation is continuing. An evaluation in 2010 will consider test score gains as well as new factors like graduation rates. He says the results show that the program is improving parental satisfaction.

    Sen Lieberman argues that the continuing evaluation is a good reason to continue the program and the experiment.

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    4 Responses to Live Blogging the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: Vouchers Work

    1. Duke, Ohio says:

      If only it mattered. Barry is too indebted to the Unions to give a damn. He claims to care, but when the rubber hits the road, he is an empty shell!

    2. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      Union support trumps kids' future. I don't know how these people sleep at night knowing that they are denying opportunities,the essence of the American Exceptionalism, to the poor and disadvantaged kids.

    3. Jeanne Gumbleton says:

      There is a discussion going on at http://www.tinyurl.com/Op2LearnFB regarding Brown vs. Board of Education’s 55th Anniversary. How far have we really come in providing access and quality in education for every child?

    4. Moira, Texas says:

      Liberals want the choice to kill a baby in the womb, but they don't want to have the choice of where to educate their child. Does that make sence?

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