Last week, after four years spent evaluating the Louisiana Scholarship Program (LSP), the School Choice Demonstration Project issued a comprehensive summary of the findings—and the results were pretty grim.

The research team, led by University of Arkansas professor Patrick Wolf, concluded: “Overall, participating in the LSP had a statistically significant negative impact on student English Language Arts (ELA) and math scores across most years of the evaluation, including the fourth year, and across most samples of students studied.” Because Wolf has earned a reputation for both scholarly rigor and fair-mindedness when it comes to evaluating school choice, the negative findings cannot be lightly dismissed as the handiwork of anti-voucher ideologues.

What to make of these results, however, is less straightforward than the findings themselves.

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