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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
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ISSN Druckformat: 1072-8325
ISSN Online: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v10.i3.10
14 pages

THE CONTINUED EVALUATION OF VOUCHER IMPACT ON THE ACHIEVEMENT OF ELEMENTARY STUDENTS IN A MAJORITY AFRICAN AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

Kim K. Metcalf
College of Education-University of West Georgia
William J. Boone
Miami University, Oxford, OH
Natalie A. Legan
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405
Kelli M. Paul
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405

ABSTRAKT

Vouchers for students in urban school districts may promote the increased participation of underrepresented groups in the fields of science and engineering in at least two ways: (a) by optimizing the achievement of students who use vouchers and (b) by expanding the scope of educational and curricular options available to students. Presently, nearly 5,000 children in Cleveland, Ohio, attend private schools with publicly funded vouchers. This study presents the results of evaluating the achievement of a cohort of these students from the fall of first grade to the spring of fourth grade. For public school students, first grade seems to be a time during which they catch up with peers who attend private schools with vouchers. The analysis of data using adjusted measures suggests no differences in achievement from first grade to fourth grade with respect to achievement in many content areas. The use of unadjusted measures suggests possible differences with respect to fourth grade reading (with voucher students performing at a statistically higher level than their peers). The present data set neither clearly supports nor refutes the use of vouchers.


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