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Study: Private Schools Don’t Do a Better Job of Educating Students

Supporters of school choice argue that private schools are inherently better at educating students. A new study from the University of Virginia indicates that this presumption isn’t true.

A Washington Post commentary on the study notes, “University of Virginia researchers who looked at data from more than 1,000 students found that all of the advantages supposedly conferred by private education evaporate when socio-demographic characteristics are factored in. There was also no evidence found to suggest that low-income children or children enrolled in urban schools benefit more from private school enrollment.”

Researchers found “…no evidence for policies that would support widespread enrollment in private schools, as a group, as a solution for achievement gaps associated with income or race.” They also noted that previous research on the impact of school voucher programs “cast doubt on any clear conclusion that private schools are superior in producing student performance.”

Read, “No, private schools aren’t better at educating kids than public schools. Why this new study matters,” by Valerie Strauss, Washington Post.

August 2, 2018