Private School Students Perform No Better Than Public Students


I don’t know why it seems like such a revelation to some that private school students have no marked edge over their public school counterparts. Thanks to ever increasing spending on public education, more is spent on a public school students’ classroom experience than the private equivalent.


Australian researchers have confirmed a growing body of international research that finds the high cost of private school education does not give students an academic edge over their public school counterparts.

The study, which has been published in the Australian Journal of Labour Economics, found that once the more privileged backgrounds of private school students are taken into account, they fare no better in the education system than other children.

The research from the University of Queensland, the University of Southern Queensland and Curtin University examined the vexed issue facing many parents when choosing between a public or private education for their children.

Co-author of the study, Professor Luke Connelly, said primary students do just as well academically in either system.


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