Do They Read Their Own Paper?
The Post’s editorial writers ought to have lunch with the Metro desk folks now and then. Today’s Metro section carries a piece about the DC voucher program that is pure gloom “Federal Report Finds Little Gain From School Vouchers.”
Students in the D.C. school voucher program, the first federal initiative to spend taxpayer dollars on private school tuition, generally did no better on reading and math tests after two years than public school peers, a U.S. Education Department report said yesterday.
But turn to the editorial page and you find this:
The report released yesterday by the U.S. Education Department’s Institute of Education Sciences covered only 19 months of students’ participation in the program. Accordingly, it found no statistically significant difference in test scores overall between students who were offered a scholarship and students who were not. But researchers reported an encouraging trend. Specifically, 88 percent of participating students are reading two to four months ahead of children who did not receive a scholarship. It is hard, as institute director Grover J. Whitehurst noted, to positively drive reading results, so the findings are significant.
Noting that the Democratic Congress is preparing to pull the plug on the program, the editorial concludes that “it would be wrong for Congress to abort a program whose potential is still being studied and realized.”