Test scores improve for Milwaukee voucher schools, AP, 3/27/12

posted Mar 28, 2012, 4:23 AM by Bill Duncan

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Students who received vouchers to attend private or religious schools in Milwaukee improved their performance in mathematics and reading last year but still lagged behind public school students, according to a report released Tuesday.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction found that in the second year of testing last fall, about 40 percent of Milwaukee voucher students showed they were proficient or advanced in math, up nearly 6 percent from last year. Nearly 49 percent of local public school students and 78 percent of public school students statewide reached that mark.

On reading scores, about 56 percent of voucher students were advanced or proficient —an increase of about 1 percent from last year — compared with about 58 percent of Milwaukee public school students and nearly 82 percent of public school students in Wisconsin.

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