Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Free schools outperform fee-paying schools

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0810/1224302180871.html
PRIVATE FEE-PAYING schools in Ireland are performing no better than their counterparts in the “free” State sector, according to an international study.  It concludes that parents who spend more than €5,000 a year on fees in private schools are receiving no additional premium for this investment. 
The report by two Israeli academics compared the performance of students from State-run and fee-paying schools in the OECD/Pisa survey of 15-year-olds in maths. It found public schools actually delivered better results when all factors, including the selective enrolment policies of some fee-paying schools, were taken into account.
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