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One of the assumptions of the debate over parental choice is that private schools are more effective than public ones. This paper reviews the available evidence that religious schools in Europe are more effective. Available studies compare outcomes of public and religious schools in Flemish Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Scotland. Findings suggest that differences in school success and cognitive qualification exist between public and religious schools in France, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Scotland, and these differences cannot be explained by different social composition of these schools or by other obvious social characteristics of pupils, parents, schools, or neighborhoods. These differences in effectiveness are less clear in Germany, though there are some indications of a higher effectiveness of German religious schools. However, differences in noncognitive achievements are not found in Flemish-Belgium and found only partly in Germany. The indications are that public and state-funded religious schools give parents a real choice between schools of different quality. (Contains 24 references.) (DFR)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Development, Educational Attainment, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Parent Participation, Parochial Schools, Public Schools, School Choice, Teacher Improvement











Author: Dronkers, J.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8656&id=ED458709



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