State Data: Wisconsin School Choice Program Working

Wisconsin School Choice Students Outperforming Peers in Traditional Public Schools

New data released from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) shows students in the Wisconsin’s three school choice programs outperform their peers in traditional public school. This is the second year in a row in which students from predominantly low-income families enrolled in the school choice programs demonstrated higher test scores on Wisconsin’s ACT and Forward exams compared to low-income students enrolled in traditional public schools.

“Today’s data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction demonstrates the program is working, it’s serving the needs of parents who want a better choice for their child and serving students by providing access to quality schools,” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children.

ACT Exam data found students in all three of Wisconsin’s school choice programs outperforming students statewide and students with similar demographics. State data also found similar results in Wisconsin’s Forward Exam.

“All three Parental Choice Programs, comprised predominately of low-income students, outscored their full-income counterparts across the entire state in public schools on the ACT,” Jim Bender said. “Combined with the Forward Exam, these results highlight superior outcomes at a fraction of the cost to taxpayers.”

Full results from School Choice Wisconsin.