ON-Lion Letter
According to the results of a U.S. Department of Education study, released in a mid-June report, test scores for three subgroups comprising 88% of students participating in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship (OSP) program showed achievement gains in reading.  These students' gains, the report notes, put them about two to four months ahead of their peers who did not receive a scholarship.

Passed by the U.S. Congress in 2004, OSP has awarded scholarships worth up to $7,500 to the low-income parents of 1,903 students.

These OSP parents remain highly satisfied with their child's new schools, the study also finds.  Seventy-six percent of OSP parents assigned their child's school a grade of A or B, compared to 63% of other parents.  OSP parents also view their child's school as significantly less dangerous than do other parents.

OSP is operated by the Washington Scholarship Fund, which The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports.  Congress is currently considering the program's reauthorization.

The study was conducted by Westat, the University of ArkansasSchool Choice Demonstration Project (SCDP), and Cheseapeake Research Associates.  With Bradley support, SCDP is also conducting an evaluation of Milwaukee's school-choice program.
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