Wisconsin School Choice Students Continue to Outperform Peers on ACT

For the second year in a row, newly released data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction shows that students in the three Parental Choice Programs are outperforming their peers on the ACT, regardless of income.

Statement from Justin Moralez of the American Federation for Children:

“We recognize that a student’s education experience is not ultimately defined by test scores alone, yet these results show a consistent trend that those in the involved in the choice programs are excelling in academics despite financial limitations. This is particularly notable because students involved in the Parental Choice Program are predominately low income and are still out scoring their full income counterparts. These results should be recognized as a win for all families and the entire concept of school choice.”

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

MPCP = Milwaukee Parental Choice Program
RPCP = Racine Parental Choice Program
WPCP = Wisconsin Parental Choice Program

*Removes Milwaukee and Racine from statewide data.

ACT Exam
MPCP 17.2 MPS Econ/Dis  15.6 MPS  16.3
RPCP  20.0 RUSD Econ/Dis 15.9 RUSD  17.5
WPCP 21.3 State Econ/Dis  17.1 State  20.0 (20.1*)
Forward Exam
WPCP results
33% prof/adv in ELA
31% prof/adv in Math
40% prof/adv in Science
26% prof/adv in Social Studies
Statewide Economically Disadvantaged
26.4% prof/adv in ELA (29.2%*)
23.8% prof/adv in Math (26.9%*)
30.7% prof/adv in Sci (34.2%*)
N/A prof/adv in S.S.
Statewide results
43.5% prof/adv in ELA (46.1%*)
41.4.% prof/adv in Math (44.2%*)
43.1% prof/adv in Sci (45.5%*)
N/A prof/adv in S.S.
RPCP results
26% prof/adv in ELA
18% prof/adv in Math
31% prof/adv in Science
40% prof/adv in Social Studies
RUSD Economically Disadvantaged
11.8% prof/adv in ELA
9.1% prof/adv in Math
17.7% prof/adv in Science
16.6% prof/adv in Social Studies
RUSD results
22.3% prof/adv in ELA