Did You Know That Private Schools Do Not Perform Better Than Public Schools?

Still, I was intrigued to read of a well-designed study released today by the Center on Education Policy that challenges decades of research on the advantages of private schools. “Contrary to popular belief, we can find no evidence that private schools actually increase student performance,” said Jack Jennings, the center’s president and a former staffer in the Democratic-controlled House, in a press release. “Instead, it appears that private schools simply have higher percentages of students who would perform well in any environment based on their previous performance and background.”
The study suggests vouchers for private schools are unnecessary because — once you control for socioeconomic status — students at private schools aren’t performing any better than those at public schools. The study says that it is “the kinds of economic and resource advantages their parents can give [students]” — as well as the level of parental involvement in their kids’ education —that determines success or failure in high school. That’s a message the teachers’ unions and Democrats in general love: The problem isn’t in the schools; it’s with social inequality.
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6 Responses to “Did You Know That Private Schools Do Not Perform Better Than Public Schools?”

  1. Jack says:

    Maybe not the ones in times….but mine has a 74% college graduation rate….my sisters class was even higher 2 of 3 students went on to college!

  2. pdooma says:

    It really depends on the school.
    The best public schools are great. I fully admit that. But when your child is in a failing school, getting your child into another school – which in this case would be a private school – is necessary.
    We’re seeing in Chicago what happens when the mayor wants to shut down poorly performing schools – the teachers strike. WHY? Those kids deserve a better education, don’t they? Why should we trap them in bad schools?
    Maryland has some of the best schools in the country. It also has some of the worst. Should we ignore the bad schools and say Maryland’s schools are great? You know who suffers the most? The kids in the poor schools. The kids in the failing schools. And most of those kids are minority kids. Why not look for other options for those kids? The parents are desperate to get their kids into the few good public schools – which are magnet/charter schools, because they can’t afford the private schools. But there’s not enough of them. So we breed another generation of poorly educated, bitter, welfare parents..because we’re afraid to say, Hey, this isn’t working…can we get some help here?
    Time to put pride aside and get each child into the best school available, regardless of who runs it.

  3. nuckinfu says:

    I just read today how great the public schools are……in just one city…34 indicted for cheating…..these are all educators….hundreds lost their jobs….

  4. Mary says:

    Many other studies replicate the one you gave .
    People choose private schools over public ones for two basic reasons .
    First and foremost it is all about elitism / bragging rights etc and nothing (as these studies prove) to do with a better education .Secondly some parents feel that their kids are safer in a private school than a public one for which there is some evidence to support .
    Given the facts ,private schools are in fact racist in nature and I use the word “racists” in it’s broad sense .

  5. Reasonin says:

    Gee Wally , I wonder why ? Intrique this ~~ Three Dozen Indicted in Atlanta “”Public Schools”” Cheating Scandal……30 Mar 2013,
    (AP) – Juwanna Guffie was sitting in her fifth-grade classroom taking a standardized test when, authorities say, the teacher came around offering information and asking the students to rewrite their answers. Juwanna rejected the help. “I don’t want your answers, I want to take my own test,” Juwanna told her teacher, according to Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.
    On Friday, Juwanna — now 14 — watched as Fulton County prosecutors announced that a grand jury had indicted the Atlanta Public Schools’ ex-superintendent and nearly three dozen other former administrators, teachers, principals and other educators of charges arising from a standardized test cheating scandal that rocked the system.
    Former Superintendent Beverly Hall faces charges including conspiracy, making false statements and theft because prosecutors said some of the bonuses she received were tied to falsified scores. Hall retired just days before the findings of a state probe were released in mid-2011. A nationally known educator who was named Superintendent of the Year in 2009, Hall has long denied knowing about the cheating or ordering it.
    According to Howard, Juwanna said that when she declined her teacher’s offer, the teacher responded that she was just trying to help her students. Her class ended up getting some of the highest scores in the school and won a trophy for their work. Juwanna felt guilty but didn’t tell anyone about her class’ cheating because she was afraid of retaliation and feared her teacher would lose her job.
    She eventually told her sister and later told the district attorney’s investigators. Still confident in her ability to take a test on her own, Juwanna got the highest reading score on a standardized test this year. The other student cited by Howard was a third-grader who failed a benchmark exam and received the worst score in her reading class in 2006. The girl was held back, yet when she took a separate assessment test not long afterward, she passed with flying colors.
    Howard said the girl’s mother, Justina Collins, knew something was wrong, but was told by school officials that the child simply was a good test-taker. The girl is now in ninth grade, reading at a fifth-grade level. “I have a 15-year-old now who is behind in achieving her goal of becoming what she wants to be when she graduates. It’s been hard trying to help her catch up,” Collins said at the news conference.
    The allegations date back to 2005. In addition to Hall, 34 other former school system employees were indicted. Four were high-level administrators, six were principals, two were assistant principals, six were testing coordinators and 14 were teachers. A school improvement specialist and a school secretary were also indicted.
    The tests were the key measure the state used to determine whether it met the federal No Child Left Behind law. Schools with good test scores get extra federal dollars to spend in the classroom or on teacher bonuses. It wasn’t immediately clear how much bonus money Hall received. Howard did not say and the amount wasn’t mentioned in the indictment.
    “Those results were caused by cheating… And the money that she received, we are alleging that money was ill-gotten,” Howard said.
    A 2011 state investigation found cheating by nearly 180 educators in 44 Atlanta schools. Educators gave answers to students or changed answers on tests after they were turned in, investigators said. Teachers who tried to report it faced retaliation, creating a culture of “fear and intimidation,” the investigation found.
    State schools Superintendent John Barge said last year he believed the state’s new accountability system would remove the pressure to cheat on standardized tests because it won’t be the sole way the state determines student growth. The pressure was part of what some educators in the system blamed for their cheating.
    A former top official in the New York City school system who later headed the Newark, N.J. system for three years, Hall served as Atlanta’s superintendent for more than a decade, which is rare for an urban schools chief. She was named Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators in 2009 and credited with raising student test scores and graduation rates, particularly among the district’s poor and minority students. But the award quickly lost its luster as her district became mired in the scandal.

  6. WallyZ says:

    Not only that, many of the private schools are using doctored schoolbooks. Science books that teach creationism only and not Darwinism, history books that take out the role Jefferson made in building America and claiming that the Civil War was not about slavery. z

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