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• Matt Barnum reports that researchers have found that school voucher programs have a negative impact on recipient students’ math scores.
• How can funders help students receive the best possible education? Which public education models are producing the best results?
• Learn more about the value of school vouchers.
New research on a closely watched school voucher program finds that it hurts students’ math test scores — and that those scores don’t bounce back, even years later.
That’s the grim conclusion of the latest study looking at Louisiana students who used a voucher to attend a private school. It echoes research out of Indiana, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. showing that vouchers reduce students’ math test scores and keep them down for two years or more.
Together, they rebut some initial research suggesting that the declines in test scores would be short-lived, diminishing a common talking point for voucher proponents.
“While the early research was somewhat mixed … it is striking how consistent these recent results are,” said Joe Waddington, a University of Kentucky professor who has studied Indiana’s voucher program. “We’ve started to see persistent negative effects of receiving a voucher on student math achievement.”
The state’s voucher program also didn’t improve students’ chances of enrolling in college.
Read the full article about vouchers and students’ math scores by Matt Barnum at Chalkbeat.