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Posted at 5:18 PM ET, 10/26/2009

Do test scores prove private schools are better?

By Valerie Strauss

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:"

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.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 26, 2009; 5:18 PM ET
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Is there any data out there that compares private vs. public school performance based on parent's education and economic status?
Also, I'm curious what makes private school parents big proponents of public schools? Answer Sheet's kids are in private school, J.Mathews' daughter is in or went to private school, but still you both seem to be supporters of public schools. What gives? As private school parents, how do you make the case for public schools?

Posted by: Gayu | October 27, 2009 7:32 AM | Report abuse

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