Students using vouchers in Washington D.C. have made small gains in reading, but no real improvements in math, according to a new study from the U.S. Department of Education.
The biggest gains were among students who left schools that were not failing under No Child Left Behind. Students who used vouchers and left the district’s worst schools did not have any significant gains, according to the study.
As expected, voucher opponents dismissed the findings while supporters tout the study as proof that vouchers work.
It’s too soon to tell what impact the study will have on the national debate. But I expect this report will be cited when another voucher bill is filed in January with the Georgia Legislature.