The Effects of School Vouchers on College Enrollment
Matthew M. Chingos: Our study of New York City students shows that use of vouchers closed the gap between Hispanic and African-American students who enrolled full-time in a four-year college.
Matthew M. Chingos
Paul Peterson, Professor, Harvard University: The numbers suggest that Hispanic students attended better-quality public schools than African-American students, making the impact of vouchers on African-American students that much larger.
Nada O. Eissa, Associate Professor, Georgetown University: More attention needs to be given to the question of whether students enrolled in private schools for some time see a dip in performance once they return to public schools.
Michael Petrilli, Exec. Vice President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute: There is a relationship between improvements on student achievement test scores and college enrollment rates a decade later.
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Private school vouchers that enable students from low-income families to attend private schools have generated much controversy but little rigorous research. Most voucher studies examine immediate outcomes, such as students’ scores on standardized tests. Few studies are able to track longer-term outcomes, and even fewer are able to do so in the context of a randomized experiment. As a result, the voucher debate continues to generate more heat than light.
On August 23, the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution and the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University co-hosted an event examining evidence from an important new study on school vouchers. Report authors Matthew M. Chingos of Brookings and Paul E. Peterson of Harvard have carried out the first study that measures the impact of school vouchers on college enrollment in the context of a randomized experiment. A presentation of the results by the authors was followed by a panel discussion.
The event was live Tweeted at hashtag #BIVouchers.
Co-Director, Center on Children and Families
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies
Matthew M. Chingos
Senior Fellow, Governance Studies
Research Director, Brown Center on Education Policy
Nada O. Eissa
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University
Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
Henry Lee Shattuck Professor and Government Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance
Executive Vice President
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
August 23, 2012
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT
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