Do test scores prove private schools are better?
In response to my post on whether private schools are better than public, reader “spinkava” wrote:
“The Gallup poll ranks people’s opinions, not actual fact. The NAEP (national report card) shows that students in private schools have better math and reading scores than public counterparts: http://nationsreportcard.gov/ltt_2008/ltt0006.asp"
My response to you:
The NAEP results that show better math and reading scores for students in private schools may not be a result of anything the private schools do.
It could well be that those children have more highly educated, and wealthier parents, than those in public schools, on average.
We know there is a direct correlation between standardized test scores and a parent's income and education level, so reading and math scores don't make the case that those schools are actually better.
But you are right that the Gallup poll ranks opinions and not fact.
| October 26, 2009; 5:18 PM ET
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