Test scores are not enough to measure school choice success

A report from the Education Department’s Institute of Education Science made waves last week as it found the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (D.C. OSP) — the nation’s only federal private school choice program – negatively impacted student test scores in the first year of participation.

Indeed, there is more work to do to ensure all students who benefit from school choice can excel beginning on day one.

But the IES findings shouldn’t cast doubt on the efficacy of private school choice, which has proved, time and again, to be a game-changer for students.

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