Catholic Grade Schools and Academic Achievement



There is substantial controversy regarding private school effects on academic achievement. A number of studies, mostly by researchers in education and sociology, claim to show that Catholic schools and other private schools have a positive effect on academic achievement (e.g., Bryk, Lee, and Holland, 1993; Chubb and Moe, 1990; Coleman, Hoffer, and Kilgore, 1982; Greeley, 1982; and Hoffer, Greeley, and Coleman, 1985). Critics claim that seemingly positive private school effects could be the result of selection rather than causation (e.g., Goldberg and Cain, 1982; Murnane, 1984; Murnane, Newstead, and Olsen, 1985; and Noell, 1982).


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  1. 1.Department of EconomicsDePaul UniversityChicagoUSA

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