Study Finds Failing Ohio Voucher-Funded Schools Perform Worse than Public School Counterparts

Jul 7, 2016

Chad Aldis with the Fordham Institute says the study evaluated math and reading scores throughout Ohio schools.
Credit THOMAS B. FORDHAM INSTITUTE

  A first-ever review shows of the state’s 10-year-old Ohio EdChoice program shows students from failing schools who receive taxpayer-paid vouchers perform far worse in those private schools than their public school counterparts.  

The study was done by the Fordham Institute, which supports school choice. Vice president Chad Aldis says the study only looked at math and reading scores, it didn’t analyze the private schools the voucher students attended, and it only looked at students remaining in the highest-performing failing schools.

“So we don’t know what happens to kids who attend the very worst public schools that are eligible for EdChoice, and then we also don’t know what’s different in the private schools that is generating lower test results.”

The Ohio Department of Education didn’t react directly to the findings, but said in a statement that competition is good for schools. There are 20,000 kids in the Ohio EdChoice program.