Published Online: March 8, 2016
Published in Print: March 9, 2016, as School Vouchers

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"How Has the Louisiana Scholarship Program Affected Students?"

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The test scores of students who used vouchers to enter a Louisiana private school dropped significantly compared to their peers who remained in public schools.

That's one of the findings from four new studies released by the Education Research Alliance at Tulane University and the Education Reform Demonstration Project at the University of Arkansas.

The researchers also found that the increased competition led to slightly improved test scores in surrounding public schools and decreased segregation overall in Louisiana schools. The findings were based on state test scores over a two-year period for students in 3rd through 6th grades who had originally attended public schools before entering the voucher program in the 2012-13 school year.

Vol. 35, Issue 23, Page 5

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