Students In Parental Choice Programs Score Higher

March 16, 2016

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released test score data from last spring that shows that students in the Parental Choice Programs did well when measured against their public school counterparts.  In both math and English language arts, students on a voucher in all three choice programs outperformed their income-adjusted counterparts on the Badger Exam, the Act and Dynamic Learning Maps Exam, and the ACT Plus Writing Exam. In some cases, low-income voucher students even outperformed their full-income public school peers. “The test results show higher scores for students in the Parental Choice Programs,” Jim Bender, President of School Choice…

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Special Needs Scholarship Fix Passes Senate

March 15, 2016

The Special Needs Scholarship, created in the last state budget, needed minor adjustments to match both the intent of the legislature with regards to eligibility and to assist in implementation by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).  After years of work to design the program, School Choice Wisconsin thanks Senator Leah Vukmir, Representative John Jagler and former Representative Michelle Litjens for their leadership. “Students with special needs will now have additional opportunities to attend the right school for them,” Jim Bender, President of School Choice Wisconsin said.  “The students eligible for this program have been discriminated against because of their…

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Fiscal Impact of Certain Choice Budget Items

April 15, 2015

ASSESSMENTS (LFB summary page 352, #11) The budget proposes allowing parental choice program schools to administer an alternative assessment to the choice pupils in lieu of the state test. The tests that would be viable would have to be approved by the UW-Value Added Research Center (VARC) to make sure they meet certain nationally- normed criteria. The state would pay for the state assessment or the equivalent cost of the state exam if a school chose an alternative assessment that cost more. Additionally, once a school had results from their chosen assessment, they would need to submit the data to…

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