Monday, February 25, 2019

CRPE researchers join team evaluating D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

Seattle, Wash.  –  The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) will participate in the next evaluation of the nation’s only federally funded private school voucher program.

The U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences awarded Abt Associates and its partners, including CRPE, a contract to evaluate the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). The contract calls for designing and carrying out studies to examine how the program is implemented and how participating students progress academically. This evaluation is mandated by Congress.

With Abt Associates, CRPE will design a study to examine the program’s implementation. Drawing on their experience analyzing public school choice implementation in dozens of cities, CRPE researchers may study how families choose among public and private schools in the nation’s capital, how those schools serve students, and how OSP program administrators facilitate the school choice process.

“Previous evaluations of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program have focused on how it affects academic outcomes for participating students,” said CRPE Research Director Betheny Gross. “With this evaluation, we are excited to join a team of researchers who will delve deeper into how families experience the program, as well as the teaching and learning that occurs in participating schools.”

About CRPE

Part of the University of Washington Bothell, the Center on Reinventing Public Education is one of the nation’s leading sources for transformative, evidence-based ideas to improve education. To ensure all students are prepared for a rapidly changing future, CRPE puts forward rigorous research and policy analysis to help educators, policymakers, civic and community leaders, parents, and students themselves reimagine education systems and structures. Learn more about CRPE’s current research here.

Jean Lombardi