Attending a Private Voucher School Did Not Improve Students’ Academic Achievement.
There were “no significant impacts of the program, either positive or negative, overall on student achievement after 2 years.”
There were “no significant achievement impacts for students who came from SINI schools, [Schools in Need of Improvement] the subgroup of students for whom the statute gave top priority.”
Source: 2008 U.S. Dep’t of Ed. Report at 34-38.
Attending a Private Voucher School Did Not Have a Positive Impact on Student Safety or Satisfaction.
“[T]here was no evidence of an impact from the offer of a scholarship or the use of a scholarship on students’ reports of dangerous activities.”
“[T]here was no evidence of an impact of the offer of a scholarship or the use of a scholarship on . . . [student] reports of satisfaction with their school.
Source: 2008 U.S. Dep’t of Ed. Report at 42-43, 50.
The Program Did Not Improve Student Motivation or Engagement or the Educational Experience.
Participation in the program* led to no statistically significant impacts on a student’s “aspirations for the future”; “frequency of doing homework”; “time spent reading for fun”; “engagement in extracurricular activities”; or “attendance” or “tardiness rates.”
Participation in the program led to no statistically significant impacts on “how students rated their teacher’s attitude”; “the challenge of their classes”; “the availability for advanced learners” or “the “availability of before-and-after-school programs.”
54% of the students who left their voucher school in the third year did so because the “child did not get the academic support he/she needed at the private school” and 21% left because the “child did not like the private school.”
Source: 2008 U.S. Dep’t of Ed. Report at xxvi, 57-58, F-6.
THE VAST MAJORITY OF STUDENTS IN THE VOUCHER PROGRAM ATTENDED A FAITH-BASED SCHOOL.
In year two of the program, 77% of students in the program attended a faith-based voucher school.
Source: 2008 U.S. Dep’t of Ed. Report at 14.
THE VOUCHER PROGRAM DECREASED STUDENT ACCESS TO KEY SERVICES.
% of students in the program whose schools have the service as compared to students not in the program:
- ESL Programs - 31% fewer
- Learning Support/Special Needs - 24% fewer
- Tutors - 10% fewer
- Counselors - 15% fewer
- Nurse’s Office - 42% fewer
- Cafeteria - 14% fewer
Source: 2008 U.S. Dep’t of Ed. Report at xvii, 16.
* In accordance with the report, participation “in the program” includes all students offered a voucher, regardless of whether they used the voucher.