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The Effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program on Student Achievement after Three Years

This paper by Jonathan N. Mills and Patrick J. Wolf examines the effects of using a Louisiana Scholarship Program scholarship to enroll in one's first choice private school on student achievement in the three years following the program's expansion.

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The Effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program on Student Achievement after Three Years

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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 three years following the program’s expansion.

This report is summarized in the policy brief How Has the Louisiana Scholarship Program Affected Students? A Comprehensive Summary of Effects After Three Years by Jonathan N. Mills and Patrick J. Wolf.