Friday, January 19, 2007

Private School vs. Public School

In the December issue Queue, Inc an article takes on this topic and even challenges the National Center for Education Statistics disputing their study and stating it is flawed.

On July 14, 2006, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a study that compared the performance in reading and math of 4th and 8th graders attending private and public schools. The study had been undertaken at the request of the NCES by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Using information from a national sample of public and private school students collected in 2003 as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), ETS compared the test scores of public school students with those of students in all private schools, taken together. Separately, it compared student performance in public schools with that in Catholic, Lutheran, and evangelical Protestant schools.
But, in fact, the NCES study’s measures of student characteristics are flawed…

Read the complete report at: NCES Private-Public School Study

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