Evaluating Public Schools
If you listen to what just about any politician has to say about America’s schools, you’ll hear the word “failing” quite a bit. The fact is that education is a hot topic and it is one that can be used to inspire people to vote. But how much can you actually trust what a politician has to say about the American public education system? How are the public schools in America actually doing?
In 2017, Jack Schneider released a book called Beyond Test Scores in which he suggests that it is well past time to start rethinking the way we measure school performance.
Schneider writes that while test scores are the go-to metric used to evaluate a school’s performance, they don’t really paint an accurate picture. Using Somerville, Massachusetts, a highly diverse urban school district, as a case study, Schneider presents a new framework to assess the effectiveness of the American education system. Read on to learn more about Schneider’s approach and to see data on how American public schools are really doing.
Changes to the U.S. News Ranking System
Each year, U.S. News publishes a list of the Best High Schools in America. For the 2018 school year, U.S. News ranked over 2,700 schools – some of the names topping the list were BASIS Scottsdale (AZ), Meridian School (TX), and the Baccalaureate School for Global Education (NY).
If you were to peruse the 2019 list of Best High Schools, you would notice quite a change. Not only does the 2019 list
The results of a new study show that private school education may be no better than public school education. Keep reading to learn more about this study and to learn how to make the right choice between private and public school education for your child.
The world of education is ever changing but opinions about private versus public school will always be at odds. It is a common assumption that private school education is of a higher quality than public school education, but the results of a new study suggest that this may not be the case.
After reviewing data from over 1,000 students, researchers from the University of Virginia found no evidence to suggest that students from low-income families and children enrolled in urban schools benefited more from private than from public school education. These results are particularly relevant as legislators fight to move toward more a more privatized public education system. They also make it clear that the assumption that public schools are inferior to private schools is wrong.
The fact of the matter is that some schools are simply better than others, but the results of this new study suggest that the factors once thought to play the largest role in determining the quality of public versus private education may not be so important. In order to better understand the results of this study, let’s first take a closer look at some of the supposed benefits of private versus public school.
The Supposed Benefits of Private vs. Public School
School is school – or so many parents think. What you may not realize, however, is that there are many different types of schools, even within the category of public schools. The school you send your child to will largely depend on where you live and what options are available but if you have multiple options to choose from, it is important to learn what you can about each one before making your choice. The school that is right for one child may not be right for another, so consider your options carefully.
Not only is public school very different from private school, but there are over a dozen different types of schools (both public and private) scattered across the country. In this article, you’ll receive a brief overview of each of these school options so, if the choice becomes yours to make, you’ll be fully equipped to make an informed decision. Keep reading to learn the basics about different schooling options in the United States.
How is Public School Different from Private School?
The main difference between private and public school is the source of funding. Public schools are funded by local, state, or federal government while private schools are generally funded through tuition paid by the students. Because public schools receive federal funds, they must also follow federal guidelines and that sometimes limits what public schools are able to teach. Private schools are not subject to the same standards so they have more freedom in developing their curriculum. Licensing requirements are fairly strict for public
There are nearly 50 million students enrolled in U.S. public schools and another 6 million attending private schools. Depending where you live, you may have the option to choose where you send your child to school, but how do you make a smart choice? The first step is to learn the difference between the different types of public and private schools. Once you have a deeper understanding of the options, you can think about your child’s individual needs and preferences to make the smart choice. Keep reading to learn about traditional public, charter, and magnet schools in particular.
The Pros and Cons of Public School
A public school is one that receives funding from local, state, and federal government funds which means that they are required to admit students who live within the district. A private school, on the other hand, is one that gets its funding from a private organization or from private individuals. This means that they are able to choose which students they do and do not admit based on whatever criteria they decide.
While private schools do have their advantages, you can tell by the statistics already mentioned that more students attend private school than public school. But what are the pros and cons of public school, and what are the different types? Below you will find an overview of the pros and cons for public school and the following section will provide information about two types of public schools – charter schools and magnet schools.
Pros for Public
In many cities across the country, public schools are suffering. Due to lack of funding and other issues, many public schools fail to meet the needs of their students, prompting many local parents to send their children to private school instead. But private school comes with its own list of challenges and it isn’t always the best choice. If your child is attending private school but you’re thinking about making the switch back to public school, keep reading to learn some important information.
The Pros and Cons of Private School
Private school is not always all it’s cracked up to be – there are both pros and cons for you to consider. One of the biggest advantages that many private schools offer is more personalized attention for students. Private schools often boast smaller class sizes and lower student-teacher ratios than public schools – they may also have a more challenging curriculum. Because private schools are funded differently than public schools, many private schools have better books and supplies as well as more up-to-date technology. Some private schools even focus on a particular subject or skill which can be beneficial for students who have an interest in that area.
On the downside, private schools can be expensive – tuition can cost thousands of dollars a year and there may not be enough scholarships to go around. In some private schools (particularly those with religious affiliations), teachers may not have a teaching degree – they may only have knowledge in the subject