Catholic, voucher schools oppose testing bill

Representatives of Catholic and private schools that participate in Wisconsin’s publicly funded voucher program are speaking out against proposed new requirements that achievement data for their students be publicly reported.

Thursday’s hearing before the state Senate Education Committee demonstrated how difficult it will be for policy makers to come up with an accountability plan that can find support both with the public and private school communities, but also in the Legislature and with Gov. Scott Walker.

The proposal before the committee would require for the first time that private schools in the voucher program report a wide range of performance information to the state.

But private school supporters said the proposal is flawed in what information is requested and how it will be reported.