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ERIC Number: ED298877
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-5
Reference Count: 0
Implications for Private Educators of Recent Studies on Education.
Senese, Donald J.
The decline in academic achievements among public school students during the past two decades is discussed and several studies that support the evidence on the lack of educational excellence are cited. It is noted that the results of these studies offer a message about Catholic education, since many of the proposals offered to rectify this problem have already been incorporated into the Catholic school. For example, a study funded by the Department of Education concluded that Catholic schools induce significantly higher achievement from comparable students than do public schools; this was attributed to greater amounts of homework, better student attendance, a superior disciplinary climate, and focus on an academic core curriculum with only a modest range of electives. It is also pointed out that a major strength of the Catholic high school has been its ability to obtain a higher level of academic achievement from students of low socioeconomic backgrounds than public schools. Several changes initiated by the U.S. Department of Education over the past few years to support private education are described, including a full time advisor to the Secretary of Education; monthly meetings with representatives from private schools to exchange views; funding of studies for extensive data collection on students being educated in non-public institutions; recognition of outstanding private schools; grant money for school districts with allocations to private schools; assistance for private schools in building their library collections; including private schools in school-based technology projects; and the support of tuition tax credits. (DJR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Education Institute of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington (Arlington, VA, October 5, 1984).