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Voucher students behind public school students in latest testing

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Students going to Wisconsin's private schools on taxpayer-funded vouchers did not score as well as their public school counterparts in reading or math in the latest round of statewide testing.

The State Department of Public Instruction released the test results Tuesday, and they show voucher students in the Milwaukee, Racine and statewide program all scored lower than public school students.

Nearly 49% of Wisconsin public school students tested out as proficient or advanced in reading, compared to about 33% in the statewide voucher program. The number was 16% in the Milwaukee choice program, 21% in the Racine choice prprogram

The numbers were closer in reading, where nearly 37 percent of public students scored in the highest two rankings, while 33% of students in the statewide voucher program scored in that same range. The number of students proficient or advanced in reading in the MilwMilwaukeeice program was about 12%, compared to the 19% in the Racine choice program.

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