Study: Public-school students test better than voucher users

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new study says Ohio students who moved to private schools under a state-funded scholarships program tended to perform significantly worse on state reading and math tests compared to similar students who stayed in public schools.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) the study released on Thursday by the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute reviewed student test data from the 2003-04 to 2012-13 school years.

It compared students who used vouchers under the state’s $94.6 million EdChoice program to similar peers who stayed in voucher-eligible public schools.

The report says public school students who qualified for a voucher but didn’t use one saw “modest” improvements in achievement.

A state Department of Education spokeswoman says competition created by the program benefits schools and motivates everyone to work harder to meet students’ needs.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,

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