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ERIC Number: EJ1005884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-1097-9638
How Much Does a Private School Student Count? A Critical Analysis of the Athletic Multiplier
James, John T.
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, v10 n4 p409-432 Jun 2007
As Catholic high schools continue to experience success in interscholastic athletic leagues, state associations have repeatedly contemplated ways to thwart the perceived Catholic school advantage. In a number of states, the athletic associations have responded to the success of private schools in interscholastic competition by applying a multiplier to the private school's enrollment. The multiplier artificially inflates private school enrollment so that when schools are divided into separate classifications based on enrollment, private schools are grouped with public schools that have larger enrollments and presumably better teams. The underlying assumption is that private schools have an unfair advantage that requires such an adjustment. This article will take a case-study methodological approach, examining those states that have considered enacting a multiplier. The case study approach will inform a critical analysis regarding the multiplier and the rationale for its use.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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