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Measurable success

Time and again, MOST parents tell us they are overwhelmingly pleased with the schools they have been able to choose for their children. According to a 2020 survey of MOST parents, 88.33% were satisfied or very satisfied with the way their children's schools provided education during the 2020 stay-at-home order, and the top-three reasons respondents said they chose their children's private schools are:

  1. academics/learning environment
  2. religious education
  3. safety/nuturing environment

As of the 2015-2016 school year, our students' average ACT score is slightly higher than the goal score of 20 set by the Shelby County Schools (SCS) for the year 2020. Using the highest score reported by MOST high school students for whom we have ACT information and who have taken the test since the 2011-2012 school year, the MOST Scholars' average ACT score is 20.1. SCS uses the score of at least a 20 as an indication of "college readiness." In 2014, only 11 percent of SCS students scored at this level, according to Seeding Success. Since MOST began requesting ACT scores, 55 percent of them have scored 20 or higher. 

Results of scholarship programs nationally

In April 2013, the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice published Win-Win Solution: The Empirical Evidence on School Vouchers, which reports that the 12 "gold-standard" studies conducted on voucher programs provide empirical evidence consistently showing vouchers improving outcomes for both participants and public schools.

Programs in Charlotte and Newark similarly show scholarship students performing as well or better than national averages, a remarkable feat considering that the recipients come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, which typically results in lower levels of academic achievement. Another study of the school-choice program within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System demonstrates the value of parental choice — low-income students in Charlotte who won a school-choice lottery were more likely to graduate from high school, attend a four-year college, and earn a bachelor's degree than their peers who didn't benefit from school choice, according to a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research.