The study was done in New York City through a joint effort between the Brookings Institution and Harvard University and it spanned a 15 year time period.
The national director of communications for the American Federation for Children, Malcom Glenn, shared that the results of the study clearly showed that African-American students who use vouchers have a higher likelihood of going to college.
”Most notably is the fact that African-Americans who participated in this voucher program in New York City were 24 percent more likely to enroll in college as a result of receiving a voucher, 31 percent more likely to enroll in a full-time college.
Glenn expressed a desire to see more legislators taking note of how important it is to track the success rates of the voucher programs among their constituents.
Glenn went on to explain,
“We’re very, very strong proponents of strict accountability measures and programs, and oftentimes that goes back to bill design. So, when we’re putting together legislation, and when legislators are considering school choice bills, it’s very important that they put into place at the onset evaluations like this one.”
There have been similar studies with similar results conducted in the states of Wisconsin, Florida and Louisiana where the studies showed an increase in student achievement and also an increase in the satisfaction of parents.