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Education Working Paper  No. 10
January 2006

An Evaluation of the Effect of D.C.'s Voucher Program on Public School Achievement and Racial Integration After One Year


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Center for Civic Innovation.

School Choice Demonstration Project.


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This study evaluates the initial effect of Washington, D.C.’s Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) on the academic performance of public schools and its effects on the opportunities that District students have to attend integrated schools. The OSP is a federally sponsored school voucher program that provides vouchers worth up to $7,500 for an estimated 1,800 to 2,000 students in the District of Columbia. Students can use the scholarships to pay tuition at participating private schools in the District. The pilot program is designed to last for five years.






Previous Research and Theoretical Expectations on the Effect of Vouchers on Public School Academic Performance

Previous Research and Theory on the Effect of Vouchers on Racial Integration

Evaluating the Effect of Vouchers on D.C. Public Schools After One Year

Results and Discussion of the Effect of Voucher Competition on Public School Academic Performance

Evaluating the Potential Effect of Vouchers on Racial Integration

Results and Discussion of Evaluation of Racial Integration in Public and Voucher Schools





Table 1: Effect of Voucher Competition on Public School Performance

Table 2: Measures of School Segregation

Figure 1: Percent Minority Enrollment in Deciles


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