Study Says Vouchers Show Poor Outcomes In Sweeping Ind. Program.


Students taking part in a private school voucher program in Indiana are lagging behind public school students academically, a new study has noted.

Researchers looked at the state's program, the nation's largest. They studied thousands of low-income Indiana students who used vouchers to switch from public to private schools beginning in the 2011-12 school year.

Focusing on students in grades five through eight over the course of four years, the study found the voucher students consistently scored worse in math than their public school peers. The results for English proficiency were a wash.

Chalkbeat, an education blog, wrote, "[T]here were no statistically significant positive effects after four years." The results are in line with a prior study of the Indiana program.

Under the voucher program, indiana diverts more than $150 million per year in taxpayer money away from public schools and into private schools.

"Although school vouchers aim to provide greater educational opportunities for students, the goal of improving the academic performance of low-income students who use a voucher to move to a private school has not yet been realized in Indiana," wrote the study's authors.

Meanwhile, an examination...

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