ERIC Number: ED485880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 14
Private Education: Good for Students; Good for Families; Good for America
Council for American Private Education
Choosing a school for their children is one of the most important decisions parents must make. Whether they move into a school district, apply to a private school, or adjust family duties to make home schooling possible, most families want school choice. For the parents of more than six million children, the choice is private education. They choose a private education for many reasons, with quality academics, a safe and orderly environment, and moral and ethical values the common reasons cited. Parents often look to private schools as an extension of the home in promoting the values they embrace, and private schools respond. A recent NCES survey found that promoting religious/spiritual life was second only to academic excellence in the goals of private school principals. Gaps between minority students and majority students are narrowed in private schools. According to NCES, minority students in private schools are more than twice as likely to enter four-year colleges than their counterparts in public schools, making private schools the nation's greatest hope for boosting minority participation in society from boardroom to classroom. Public Agenda, a national research organization, found that adults believed, by a wide margin, that private schools do a better job of providing a quality education than public schools. This brochure provides more details on these topics and the findings of the review of literature.
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Private Schools, Private Education, Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Scores, Educational Environment
Council for American Private Education (CAPE), 13017 Wisteria Drive, #457, Germantown, MD 20874. Tel: 301-916-8460; Fax: 301-916-8485; Web site: http://www.capenet.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Council for American Private Education, Germantown, MD.