Data released today by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) shows that again this year, students in the Parental Choice Programs are outperforming their peers. As with all test data, a one-year snapshot has limitations but the trend of higher scores for students on a voucher is great news for students and taxpayers.

“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.”

Below is the comparative data for the Parental Choice Programs around the state:

* Removes Milwaukee and Racine Unified from statewide data

* * Removes Milwaukee only as RUSD econ/dis not available

ACT Exam

  • MPCP:  17.5
  • MPS Econ/Dis:  15.4
  • MPS:  16.5
  • RPCP:  19.5
  • RUSD Econ/Dis:  15.8
  • RUSD:  17.7
  • WPCP:  22.5
  • State Econ/Dis:  17.4
  • State:  20.1 (20.4*)

Forward Exam

WPCP results
  • 38% proficient/advanced in ELA
  • 34% proficient/advanced in Math
  • 51% prof/advanced in Science
  • 52% prof/adv in Social Studies
Statewide Economically Disadvantaged
  • 26.4% prof/adv in ELA (28.4% **)
  • 24.9% prof/adv in Math (27.3%**)
  • 33.1% prof/adv in Sci (36.3%**)
  • 32.0% prof/adv in S.S. (34.7%**)
Statewide results
  • 42.5% prof/adv in ELA (45%*)
  • 42.2% prof/adv in Math (45.1%*)
  • 50.2% prof/adv in Sci (53.3%*)
  • 49.8% prof/adv in S.S. (52.8%*)
RPCP results
  • 26% proficient/advanced in ELA
  • 16% proficient/advanced in Math
  • 27% prof/adv in Science
  • 35% prof/adv in Social Studies
RUSD Economically Disadvantaged
  • Data Redacted and not listed on DPI website as of yet.
RUSD results
  • 20.2% proficient/advanced in ELA
  • 18.8% proficient/advanced in Math
  • 28.3% prof/advanced in Science
  • 30% prof/adv in Social Studies
MPCP results
  • 19% proficient/advanced in ELA
  • 14% proficient/advanced in Math
  • 20% prof/advanced in Science
  • 25% prof/adv in Social Studies
MPS Economically Disadvantaged
  • 14.9% proficient/advanced in ELA
  • 11.2% proficient/advanced in Math
  • 15.2% prof/advanced in Science
  • 16.4% prof/adv in Social Studies
MPS results
  • 19.7% proficient/advanced in ELA
  • 14.9% proficient/advanced in Math
  • 19.8% prof/advanced in Science
  • 21.2% prof/adv in Social Studies