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Do the Math: Public School Students Outscore Private School Students

By January 2, 2013

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While conventional wisdom holds that private school instruction helps students outscore their peers in public schools, a 2009 study conducted at the University of Illinois found that public school students outperform private school students in math. The study, which looked at the results of 270,000 students from over 10,000 schools, found that fourth-grade and eighth-grade students at public schools outscored their private school counterparts on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exam. What can help students at private schools to boost their math scores? The researchers suggest more professional development for teachers and more exposure of teachers to up-to-date teaching methods that focus more on meaning and less on rote learning can help students in math. Read more about why public school students outscore private school students in math--and how private school students can do better.

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