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Third Year Evaluation of Washington, D.C. program finds "No evidence of a statistically significant difference in test scores"

posted Jan 8, 2012, 5:10 AM by Bill Duncan

The third-year report, Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Impacts After One Year, contains the following key findings:

  • No evidence of a statistically significant difference in test scores between students who were offered an OSP scholarship and students who were not offered a scholarship.
  • The program had a consistently positive impact on parent satisfaction and their perceptions of school safety.
  • Students who were offered OSP scholarships did not report being more satisfied with school or feeling safer in school than those without access to scholarships.
  • This same pattern of findings holds when the analysis is conducted to determine the impact of using a scholarship rather than being offered a scholarship, taking into account the approximately 20 percent of students who were offered but chose not to use their scholarships the first year.