The Effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program On Student Achievement after Two Years

52 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2016  

Jonathan N. Mills

Tulane University - Education Research Alliance

Patrick J. Wolf

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform

Date Written: February 24, 2016

Abstract

The Louisiana Scholarship Program (LSP) is a statewide initiative offering publicly-funded vouchers to enroll in local private schools to students in low-performing schools with family income no greater than 250 percent of the poverty line. Initially established in 2008 as a pilot program in New Orleans, the LSP was expanded statewide in 2012. This paper examines the experimental effects of using an LSP scholarship to enroll in a private school on student achievement in the first two years following the program’s expansion. Our results indicate that the use of an LSP scholarship has negatively impacted both ELA and math achievement, although only the latter estimates are statistically significant. Moreover, we observe less negative effect estimates in the second year of the program.

Keywords: school vouchers, student achievement, randomized control trial, experiment, school choice

Suggested Citation

Mills, Jonathan N. and Wolf, Patrick J., The Effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program On Student Achievement after Two Years (February 24, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2738805 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2738805

Jonathan N. Mills (Contact Author)

Tulane University - Education Research Alliance ( email )

New Orleans, LA
United States

Patrick J. Wolf

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform ( email )

201 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

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