ON-Lion Letter

Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty’s researcher, Will Flanders, has done an analysis of the results of Wisconsin’s new mandated Forward Exams. His findings are reported at RightWisconsin.com.


Figure 1.  Effect of School Sector on Forward Exam Proficiency with Controls:  English/Language Arts

Each of these bars represents a significant difference from traditional public schools. In other words, differences that are so substantial that they are unlikely to be a product of chance.  Consistent with previous work by WILL and others we find, quite simply, that choice works.  Students exercising choice in private schools as well as charter schools achieve significantly higher outcomes than students in traditional public schools accounting for the large number of control variables in the table. In Milwaukee’s choice schools, voucher students are approximately 5% more likely to earn proficient scores independent and district charter students are about 6% more likely to earn proficient scores in language arts.   Consistently positive results are also found in mathematics.

Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) is a grantee of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

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