Like many a critic of No Child Left Behind, I do not believe that test score performance is what really counts. Graduating from high school and then pursuing a college diploma or acquiring a skill for a promising career is vastly more important. Test scores are just an initial glimpse at how well students and schools are doing. Once longer term data on what is really happening to young people begins to arrive, that should be given pride of place.
Now we are finally beginning to get a series of studies that give us an idea of the longer-term impact of school choice programs. Repeatedly the evidence is showing that schools of choice are compiling a consistently better record than that of traditional public schools.