60 percent of Louisiana Scholarship Program Students Have Entered College

An April 2019 University of Arkansas study of the effect of the Louisiana Scholarship Program on college entrance found that 60 percent of Louisiana Scholarship Program students enter college.

Researchers indicate the disconnect between achievement on the state’s standardized test and college enrollment could be a result of public and private schools having different goals. They pointed to a lack of alignment of private school curricula with the Louisiana state exam standards rather than true negative impacts of Louisiana Scholarship Program schools on student achievement.

A popular refrain from reformers who dislike standardized tests, like the LEAP exam, has been “schools should not teach to the test.”

Should participating private schools align their curriculum and teach to the state exam or continue to provide a unique whole student curriculum that places an emphasis on academic, social, emotional, and character development?