Annual parental satisfaction survey finds an overwhelming majority of parents approve of academic gains and support Louisiana’s private school choice program.
More than 92 percent of parents participating in the Louisiana Scholarship Program say they approve of the participating school their child attends. The Louisiana Scholarship Program provides students with additional opportunities to attend the school of their choice. Student applicants are eligible to receive state-funded Scholarships to enroll in participating nonpublic schools.
The survey found that 92.5 percent of parents are satisfied or very satisfied with their child’s Scholarship Program school, and 96.7 percent are happy with their child’s academic progress.
“Parents who participated in the survey are in the best position to evaluate the quality of their children’s education,” said Ann Duplessis, Louisiana Federation for Children President and American Federation for Children Board Member.
“Parents are able to assess the quality of education and learning environment of the Louisiana Scholarship Program school their children attend.”
- 92.5 percent of parents are very satisfied or satisfied with their child’s current scholarship school.
- 96.7 percent of parents are happy with their child’s academic progress at his/her scholarship school.
- 99.2 percent of parents say their child feels safe in his/her scholarship school.
- 99.1 percent of parents say they and their children feel welcome at their child’s current scholarship school.
The annual survey conducted by LFC is one of the most comprehensive parental satisfaction surveys of a school choice program, with more than 1,500 responses.
The Louisiana Scholarship Program received more than 10,000 applications from parents for the 2018-2019 school year. Approximately 7,000 students were awarded a scholarship to attend 129 schools across the state.
Enacted in 2008 by a bipartisan group of legislators, the Louisiana Scholarship Program has the strongest and most transparent accountability measures of any program in the nation. Every child in the program comes from a low-income family, and 89 percent of students in the program are minority students, giving many of Louisiana’s most vulnerable students the opportunity to choose the education that best fits their individual needs.