Study: Religious Schools Perform Better Than Public, Charter Schools


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Study: Religious Schools Perform Better Than Public, Charter Schools
By Napp Nazworth
Christian Post Reporter
April 10, 2013|8:17 am

Private religious schools perform better than public schools, and public charter schools performed no better than regular public schools, according to a new study by William Jeynes, professor of education at California State University at Long Beach and senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute at Princeton.

Jeynes spoke Monday with The Christian Post about the study. He found that religious, mostly Christian, school students were a full year ahead of students who attend public and charter schools.

The research uses four different models to show how the outcomes might change using different control variables. Some might argue, for instance, that students at religious schools do better because their parents are more involved in their education, not because the schools are better. Jeynes, therefore, controlled for this “selection effect.” Religious schools still perform better, though, even when controlling for parental involvement.

Jeynes controlled for other variables as well, such as socioeconomic status, gender and race. When all the control variables are factored in, the study found that students at religious schools still have a seven to eight month advantage over students at public and charter schools.

There material in this to discomfit almost everyone. Some folks still like to deny that private religious schools do better than public schools. Well here’s yet another study for such folk to ignore/deny/denigrate. Some folks admit private religious schools do better than public, but attribute that to economic factors. Guess what? The data don’t support that facile deflection. Some folks admit private religious schools do better than public, but attribute that to economic factors. They must have some sort of Progressive Immunity, because if a conservative did that … we know that punchline. Anyway, “Data says … ***NO!***” Some folks admit private religious schools do better than public, and attribute that to parental involvement. The data don’t support that as the explanation. Think charter schools are a cure-all (or at least a potential solution)? Uhhhh … no! If anyone cares, those latter two, as I listed them, surprised me.

So, what are religious private schools - campus-based and homeschools - doing right?


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They are sticking to the main functional topics (the 3 Rs), providing very individual instruction, and not isolating the chidren from the rest of the world (just the public schools).