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The Impact of the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Program on Student Achievement

Project Team:

Sponsor: The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.

Project Total: $149,723


The implementation of the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) has not included plans to examine the impact of the school choice program on participants’ academic achievement outcomes.  The project will address this knowledge gap by evaluating the student achievement impact of the program, shedding light on issues that matter for public policy, as well as for students and their families.    The evaluation will address the following research questions:

  • What is the impact of a voucher offer on students’ math and reading achievement?
  • Are the effects evenly distributed for students from different subgroups and at different points along ability and income distributions?