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Characteristics of Private Schools in the United States: Results from the 2007-08 Private School Universe Survey - This report of the 2007-08 Private School Universe Survey presents data on private schools in the United States for grades kindergarten through 12 by selected characteristics such as school size, school level, religious orientation, geographic region, urbanicity type and program emphasis. (National Center for Education Statistics, March 19, 2009)...

Certification and Private School Teachers' Transfers to Public Schools - This report examines teachers' transitions between public and private schools for teachers with and without certifications in the subjects they teach. In three out of four time periods examined, higher percentages of movers who held state certification in year two of the time period only switched to public schools than did those without regular state certifications in their main assignment in either year of the time period. In all four time periods for which data were collected, higher percentages of movers with regular state certifications in both years of the time period moved to public schools than did their peers without the certification. However, regardless of certification status, 11% or fewer of private school teachers changed schools during any 2-year period. (Emily W. Holt, Mary McLaughlin and Daniel J. McGrath, National Center for Education Statistics, September 2006) ...

Comparing Private Schools and Public Schools Using Hierarchical Linear Modeling - This study compares mean 2003 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading and mathematics scores of public and private schools in 4th and 8th grades, statistically controlling for individual student characteristics. In 4th and 8th grades, using unadjusted mean scores, students in private schools scored significantly higher than students in public schools for both reading and mathematics. But when school means were adjusted, the average for public schools was significantly higher than the average for private schools for 4th grade mathematics and not significantly different for reading. At 8th grade, the average for private schools was significantly higher than the average for public schools in reading but not significantly different for mathematics. Comparisons were also carried out between the following types of sectarian schools: Catholic, Lutheran and Conservative Christian. Also available is an executive summary. (Henry Braun, Frank Jenkins and Wendy Grigg, National Center for Education Statistics, July 2006) ...

Private Schools: An Action Guide for Parents and Communities - Since the passing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1965, private school students have had access to federal funding for secular education services through a provision called the "child benefit theory" which allows private and religious school students to receive funding of services under Title I without violating the church-state provisions of the First Amendment. NCLB has made some changes from the original ESEA. This brief focuses on the following major NCLB provisions related to private school student participation: student eligibility; equitable funding; role of the local school district; parent involvement; assessment of private school students; and bypass provision. (Public Education Network, July 2006) ...

Student Achievement in Private Schools: Results from NAEP 2000–2005 - This is the first report to focus on private school students’ performance on NAEP assessments. It provides results in reading, mathematics, science and writing in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005. Specifically, it focuses on the three private school types that combined enroll the greatest proportion of private school students – Catholic, Lutheran and Conservative Christian – as well as private schools overall. It also compares the performance of students in these schools to that of public school students to provide additional perspective. (Marianne Perie, Alan Vanneman and Arnold Goldstein, National Center for Education Statistics, December 2005)...

Private School Teacher Turnover and Teacher Perceptions of School Organizational Characteristics - This issue brief examines teacher turnover in private schools as a whole, and in three categories: (1) Catholic; (2) other religious; and (3) nonsectarian. The brief also discusses the perceptions of private school teachers in five areas: (1) administrative support; (2) salary; (3) students discipline; (4) teacher input in classroom decisions; and (5) teacher input in school decisions. Data are disaggregated for all teachers, those who stayed in the same position and those who moved schools or left the profession. (National Center for Education Statistics, June 2005)...

Characteristics of Private Schools in the United States: Results from the 2001-2002 Private School Universe Survey - Statistics on private schools are reported by: (1) type of school (nonsectarian and religious, by religion); (2) school level; (3) program emphasis (i.e., regular, special education, Montessori, etc.); (4) school enrollment; (5) geographic region; and (6) community type (central city, urban fringe and rural/small town). Figures are reported on the school, student and full-time equivalent teachers, school type and state levels. Pupil/teacher ratios also are disaggregated by type of school. Some findings: the South has the most private schools of any region, nearly one-third of the nation’s total. While “other religious” (non-Catholic) schools comprise nearly 50% of the private schools in the United States, Catholic schools serve by far the greatest number of private school students, 47.1%, or over 2.5 million. The program emphasis for the vast majority (92.4%) of private schools is regular elementary or secondary education. (Stephen P. Broughman and Kathleen W. Pugh, National Center for Education Statistics, October 2004)...

A Brief Profile of America's Private Schools - Using data gleaned from the 1999-2000 U.S. Department of Education Schools and Staffing Survey, this report provides of snapshot of private K-12 schools nationwide, including Catholic, other religious and nonsectarian institutions. Data report school and student characteristics, and teacher and principal goals and attitudes. (Barbara Holton, National Center for Education Statistics, June 2003)...

Special Analysis 2002 – Private Schools: A Brief Portrait - This section from The Condition of Education 2002, highlights some of the elements of diversity among private schools and notes the differences between the public and private sectors overall. This report examines choice, for example, as one defining characteristic of private schools, but also how public school systems are expanding school choice options through magnet and charter schools, open enrollment and similar offerings, and through publicly funded vouchers. (Martha Naomi Alt and Katharin Peter, The Condition of Education, U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2002)...


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