Wisconsin Spotlight | Oct. 19, 2022
Newly released data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction show
that students in Wisconsin’s school choice programs continue to outperform those
in traditional schools.
As previously reported, students in Wisconsin’s school choice programs
outperformed traditional public school students on the college-readiness ACT
exam. See School Choice Wisconsin’s release here.
DPI also has released data on the state’s Forward and ACT Aspire exams. The
Forward Exam measures how well students are doing in relation to the Wisconsin
Academic Standards. The ACT Aspire exam measures achievement on skills and
knowledge important for college and readiness.
On the Forward Exam, DPI data allow for comparisons in grades 3-8 of choice
students with low-income students and all students in public schools. Choice
students score higher on 80.5% of those comparisons.
On the Aspire exam, choice students outscore public school students on 75% of
These results explain year-after-year growth in the numbers of families enrolling
their children in the state’s choice programs.
A table displaying the Forward and Aspire Results can be found here.