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Special Education Identification in the Louisiana Scholarship Program

This paper by Sivan Tuchman and Patrick J. Wolf examines the impact of enrollment in a private school choice program on students' special education identification and de-identification.

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Special Education Identification in the Louisiana Scholarship Program

by Sivan Tuchman, Patrick J. Wolf

Using data from almost 2,000 stu­dents who were ran­dom­ly assigned to pri­vate schools in the Louisiana Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram (LSP), this study finds no sta­tis­ti­cal­ly sig­nif­i­cant impact of enroll­ment in the stu­den­t’s first choice school on being either iden­ti­fied or de-iden­ti­fied in spe­cial edu­ca­tion. Ana­lyz­ing annu­al trends results in low­er prob­a­bil­i­ties of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion for stu­dents in the LSP dur­ing year 2 and year 3 of the pro­gram and high­er prob­a­bil­i­ties of de-iden­ti­fi­ca­tion in year 2. This report is sum­ma­rized in the pol­i­cy brief [​How Has the Louisiana Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram Affect­ed Stu­dents? A Com­pre­hen­sive Sum­ma­ry of Effects After Three Years](‑i-jllyett-l‑o/) by Jonathan N. Mills and Patrick J. Wolf.

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