After seven months in private schools, most voucher-using students in Washington, D.C. are doing about the same in reading and math as their former classmates, concludes an Education Department study. There were some exceptions, reports the Washington Post.
Students who moved from higher-performing public schools to private schools and those who scored well on tests before entering the program performed better in math than their peers who stayed in public school.
Each year, 1,800 students from low-income families receive a $7,500 voucher which can be used to pay private-school tuition.
Voucher opponents say the results prove the program is a failure; proponents say it takes more than a year to show results.
Parents are happy with the schools they’ve chosen, the study found.