Last week, researchers for the Institute of Education Sciences issued new findings on the District of Columbia school voucher program. The evaluation showed that students who received a voucher did 7.3 percentage points worse on math than students who didn’t, while reading scores were not significantly different for the two groups. Other noteworthy findings showed that the families in both groups were equally satisfied with their schools, but that parents of voucher students felt that their children’s schools were safer.
The findings are timely, given the spotlight on school choice in the early months of President Donald Trump’s administration. And they add to a growing body of studies that contribute to our understanding of school choice and what it means for students and educators.