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Private schools and student achievement

Ebrahim Azimi (), Jane Friesen () and Simon Woodcock ()
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Abstract: We investigate the effects of private schools on reading and numeracy scores using rich population data. Conditional on lagged test scores and narrowly defined neighborhood indicators, Catholic and non-Christian faith private schools on average raise test scores by 0.18 standard deviations or more relative to the average public school, while non-Catholic Christian private schools have negligible effects. The effects of secular private “prep†schools are similar to those of Catholic schools, but selection bias is a greater concern in this case. We use schoolspecific estimates of effectiveness to investigate private school choice decisions and the determinants of private school effectiveness.

Date: 2022-05
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