Voucher pathways and student achievement in Indiana’s choice scholarship program

Megan Austin, R. Joseph Waddington, Mark Berends

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This article examines the pathways that students can follow within the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program and the associations with their math and English language arts achievement in upper elementary and middle school. We analyze student-level longitudinal data by matching voucher and nonvoucher students to estimate the role of participating in the voucher program, taking advantage of the uniqueness of Indiana public and private schools taking the same standardized assessment over time. The different student pathways for using vouchers are related to student achievement with significant achievement losses for students who switch from a public to a private school with a voucher. Students who have always attended a private school, both before and after receiving a voucher, experience no significant changes in achievement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-40
Number of pages21
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2019

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  • Fixed effects
  • Parental choice scholarships
  • School effects
  • Student mobility
  • Vouchers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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