… now there’s a study of Louisiana’s voucher program. Instead of showing no impact or a slight positive impact, the study shows actual harms to students participating in the program.
Specifically, the study, released by the National Bureau of Economic Research found:
- Attendance at a voucher-eligible private school lowers math scores and increases the likelihood of a failing score by 50 percent.
- Voucher effects for reading, science and social studies were also negative and significant.
- The negative impacts of vouchers were consistent across income groups, geographic areas, and private school characteristics, and are more significant for younger children.
- Survey data shows that voucher-eligible private schools experience rapid enrollment declines prior to entering the program, indicating that the vouchers may attract private schools struggling to maintain enrollment.
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