ERIC Number: EJ712937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May-1
Reference Count: N/A
A New Look at Public and Private Schools: Student Background and Mathematics Achievement
Lubienski, Sarah Theule; Lubienski, Christopher
Phi Delta Kappan, v86 n9 p696 May 2005
A recent report of mathematics results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) highlighted this "major finding": "Public- school students scored lower on average than non-public-school students at both grades 4 and 8." Of course, this finding is nothing new. Indeed, it is part of the common wisdom in the United States that private school students outscore public school students on standardized tests. Furthermore, studies have suggested that this is true even when researchers account for the fact that the enrollment at public schools differs from the enrollment at private schools. The claim that private schools do a better job of educating their students than public schools--an argument central to the push for market-style reforms--is rarely questioned. But do the data back it up? In this article, the authors examined fourth- and eighth-grade NAEP mathematics achievement in over 1,000 public and private schools to arrive at a surprising answer.
Descriptors: Grade 4, Mathematics Achievement, Family Characteristics, Standardized Tests, Public Schools, Private Schools, Socioeconomic Background, Socioeconomic Influences, Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 8
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001