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Students in voucher programs do not show large difference in test scores
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2011 16:47 PM

Voucher programs serve as a way to help underprivileged children get into private schools or high-level institutions in other districts. However, there are always a number of students who do not make the cut.

A new report is suggesting that while the voucher program may be beneficial, there is not much of a difference in test scores between voucher students and those who do not get picked, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The news provider reports that students in the Cleveland voucher program scored higher in some areas on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), but there were areas where they still lagged behind public school students.

"The data is actually frustrating because it doesn't really elucidate much for us," Terry Ryan, vice president for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, told the news provider. "All you know is whether the kid is not proficient or proficient."

According to Time Magazine, a number of states are beginning to consider voucher programs, such as Indiana, Pennsylvania and Florida.



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