AASA Statement on School Voucher Study

April 6, 2009

Amy Vogt


ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Association of School Administrators, the professional organization for school superintendents and other school system leaders, issued the following statement on the “Evaluation of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program” study from the U.S. Department of Education:

“The U.S. Department of Education study provides additional evidence that vouchers are ineffective. The results of the latest report reiterate the results of the first evaluation of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. Namely, that voucher programs fail to demonstrate a consistent pattern of achievement. Reports from similar programs in Raleigh, New York City, Dayton, Cleveland and Milwaukee also failed to produce definitive conclusions about the ability of vouchers to significantly increase the academic achievement of students previously attending public schools.

“Not only do vouchers have little or no impact on achievement, they also siphon resources away from public schools — and the 90 percent of children in the United States who attend public schools. In addition, voucher programs do not require private schools to meet the same standards for achievement, testing, safety, certified teachers, class size or financial accountability as public schools.

“AASA’s latest research reveals that schools nationwide are facing massive budget cuts in response to the economic downturn. Rather than focus federal dollars on unproven programs, Congress and the U.S. Department of Education should invest federal dollars in high-quality public school systems that serve all children.

“It is critical that schools have the resources they need in these challenging times to provide essential services, increase student achievement, and fuel economic recovery and growth. It’s time to focus on what works in public education.”


About AASA
The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders across the United States. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.