Vouchers Do Not Improve Academic Achievement

Repeated studies of voucher programs across the country show that vouchers do not result in better test scores for students.

Recent studies of both the Louisiana and Ohio voucher programs revealed that students who used vouchers actually performed worse on standardized tests than their peers not in the voucher programs. Repeated studies of the voucher programs in the District of ColumbiaMilwaukee, and Cleveland revealed similar findings: students offered vouchers do not perform better in reading and math than those not in the program.

Voucher programs also fail to offer participating students greater educational resources. Students in the District of Columbia voucher program, for example, were less likely to have access to key services such as English as a Second Language programs, learning supports, special education supports and services, and counselors than students who were not part of the program. Similarly, a survey of the Milwaukee voucher program conducted in 2013 found that out of 110 Milwaukee voucher schools surveyed, 39 reported having no art, music, physical education, library or technology specialist teachers.