Test results up overall; voucher schools flat

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - State education officials say the number of Louisiana public school students performing at grade level nudged up from 68 percent to 69 percent in the latest round of standardized test scores.

While results were not uniformly better in all subjects, Education Superintendent John White said more than half the state's districts saw improvement overall.

White said charter schools slightly out-performed traditional schools, while progress in private schools participating in the state-funded voucher program - which pays private school tuition for some students - was basically flat.

White said the voucher schools' performance was held down by a few poorly performing schools. He listed seven private schools in the New Orleans area that will no longer participate in the voucher program because of poor performance.

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