Writer for CNN, Donna Krache, recently posted the results of a study by the Brookings Institution at Harvard in the post, “Study: School Vouchers Have Positive Effect on College Enrollment for African Americans,” that looked at the performance outcomes from recipients of school vouchers. Reportedly, this study is “the first that used ‘a randomized experiment to measure the impact of school vouchers on college enrollment.’” Only a few other studies followed school voucher recipients for years as this study did.
The result: “Overall, the study found no effect on college enrollment, except among African Americans, where there was significant impact.” Two of the study’s authors, Matthew M. Chingos and Paul E. Peterson, found that African-American students who received vouchers to attend private schools were about 24% more likely to enroll in college.
Kevin P. Chavous, senior advisor for the American Federation for Children, praised the findings as support for notion: “…the evidence clearly shows that putting all educational options on the table pays dividends for the students, both now and in the long term.” On the other hand, Anne L. Bryant, executive director of the National School Boards Association, believes that this study discounts the level of parental involvement in their children’s education. Bryant stated, “Clearly the parents who chose this program were dedicated, and parent involvement is key.”
- N.Y.C. Study Finds Vouchers Boost Blacks’ College-Going Rates (edweek.org)
- Study: Vouchers help black students (radio.woai.com)
- Vouchers Boost College Attainment (edreform.com)