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updated 12:37 PM CDT, Sep 19, 2014

Test Scores Not as Good As Expected For Voucher Schools

  • Written by Brian B
  • Published in News

4-8-14

Low-income students who go to private schools with tax-funded vouchers did not perform as well as public students on last fall's statewide achievement test.  

The Department of Public Instruction said today that only 16-percent of youngsters in the Milwaukee school choice program were proficient or advanced in math.  That compares to 31-percent of low-income students statewide, and 49-percent of all public school youngsters.  This fall, around 500 students throughout the state took part in an expansion of the voucher program.  Thirty-three percent of them had proficient or advanced math scores, slightly higher than the state average for low-income kids.  Racine's choice program had 21-percent of youngsters in the top two categories in math.  In reading, 37-percent of all public school youngsters were proficient or advanced, along with 21-percent of low-income public students.  Other reading proficiency rates were 12-percent in the Milwaukee voucher program, 19-percent in Racine, and 33-percent in statewide voucher schools.  Officials noted that Milwaukee's performance rates were six-and-a-half percent higher than two years ago in reading, and three-and-a-half percent higher in math.

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