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Are Private High Schools Better Academically Than Public High Schools?

Author(s): Harold Wenglinsky
Published: October 10, 2007

This study, based on an analysis of the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988-2000, finds that once family background characteristics are taken into account, low-income students attending public urban high schools generally performed as well academically as students attending private high schools. The study also found that students attending traditional public high schools were as likely to attend college as those attending private high schools. In addition, the report also finds that young adults who had attended any type of private high school were no more likely to enjoy job satisfaction, or to be engaged in civic activities at age 26, than those who had attended traditional public high schools.

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