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Study: Voucher Students’ Scores Don’t Bounce Back

A study that examines Louisiana students who used a voucher to attend a private school says that the move hurts students’ math scores, and those scores don’t bounce back, even years later.

Initial research suggested that test score declines would be short-lived. “We’ve started to see persistent negative effects of receiving a voucher on student math achievement,” said Joe Waddington, a University of Kentucky professor who has studied Indiana’s voucher program. Researchers compared elementary and middle school students who won a random voucher lottery in 2012 to students who lost. “They found that winning one of the vouchers caused large declines on math and science exams. Attending a private school with a voucher may also have hurt student scores in English, though the results were less definitive,” a recent news story said.

The results may influence voucher debates around the country.

Read “Do voucher students’ scores bounce back after initial declines? New research says no,” by Matt Barnum, Chalkbeat.org.

April 24, 2019