“Student proficiency is significantly higher, on average 4 to 11 percent higher, in private schools in the choice programs and public charter schools when compared to traditional public schools,” said Flanders.
In the last three years, the percent of voucher students attending schools ranked highest by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has nearly tripled. During the same period the share of MPS students at similar schools has barely grown.
At 27.4 out of 100 points, North Division High School at MPS had the worst school score in the state. Just 1.9 percent of students at North Division are proficient in math, and 1.0 percent are proficient in English language arts.