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Catholic schools are often the largest private school system in many cities. They have turned into an alternate school system for minorities. They boast test scores in the 68th to 76th percentile in cities stuck at 50 or worse. They graduate nearly all and send nearly all to college vs. typical 50% rates in urban cities. They put all on the academic, not the vocational track. They teach in english, not the native language. They also cost less. @@Better z40\clipim\2000\04\10\cath.efx Education Reformers Have New Respect for Catholic Schools Gary Putka Wall Street Journal March 28, 1991 Catholic students score higher on NAEP 8th grade NAEP Correct Test Total Pub Cath Reading / 21 9.9 12.2 Math / 40 15.4 17.9 Science / 25 9.6 10.7 SocStu / 30 14.6 17.8 Catholic-run Montreal schools were much better than Toronto Catholicschools note weakness of public school students who cannot read, do not read textbooks, cannot accept corrections (self-esteem) cannot memorize, cannot take notes or other "low-level" skills. SEATTLE 95% GRAD, 93% COLLEGE BOUND New Course for Catholic Schools ST Dec 17, 1995 Lynne K Varner Acording to Bill Lagreid, assistant superintendent at the Archdiocese of Seattle, 93 percent of their students go to college (vs 50 average), dropout rate is 5 % Most of the Seattle schools are 74-84% minority, St Joseph is 19% PRIVATE CHARITY SHOULD SUPPORT CATHOLIC SEATTLE SCHOOLS Paul T Hill SeaPI June 4, 2000 A loss too great to bear No legal barriers prevent private funders from helpinmg Catholic schools teach poor children Seattle's 7 south end schools 61% minority. National Afam 2x likely to go to college from comparable families. Seattle oversees 63 schools 17,000 students vs Seattle PS 500 staff 100 schools 48,000 students. Paul T Hill It takes a city by Brookings Institution Evans school public affairs u wash. Says private could help pay for WASL so they can meet state standards. (bad) MILWAUKEE'S CATHOLIC MESSMER 98% GRAD, 85% COLLEGE \clip\98\11\messmer.txt As Test of Vouchers, Milwaukee Parochial School Exceeds Expectations By Jon Jeter Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, September 1, 1998; Page A03 MILWAUKEE Messmer High School... for the first time in its 72-year history, this Catholic school needed a waiting list. Messmer's graduation rate is 98 percent -- more than double the city's rate -- and 85 percent of its graduating seniors go on to college. @@Blacks Many studies show Black students in particular benefit from Catholic schools, more so than whites. %%advantage BLACK STUDENTS DO BETTER IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ON NAEP, EVEN AT = WITH LOW PAY, LARGE CLASS SIZES, STRICT DISCIPLINE INCOME \clip\99\19\cathblak.txt Catholic School Blacks' Math Scores Exceed Public Students', Study Says By Debbi Wilgoren Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, October 7, 1999; Page B09 by the Heritage Foundation showed that the gap between black youngsters at Catholic and public schools in the District widened over time, from 6.5 percentage points for fourth-graders to 8.3 percentage points for eighth-graders on the National Assessment of Educational Progress math exam .. gap even adjusting for socioeconomic factors. Classes are often bigger than in public schools--they can have 35 students or more--and teachers and principals are paid much less than are their public school counterparts. US Catholic 1996 232 White 232 US Black 200 Catholic 196.09 vs. 1996 DC 187 4th Grade DC Pub: 184.12 ORIGINAL STUDY zip38\clipim\99\10\07\cathed\cathed.pdf cathed.htm The typical, or average, 7 African-American eighth-grader in a D.C. Catholic school performs better in math than 72 percent of his or her public school peers. BLACKS DO BETTER IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS \clip\98\15\blakscor.txt Puzzling Percentiles By Karin Chenoweth Washington Post Sunday, October 25, 1998; Page R07 The study also found that, for African-American students, there is an association between attending private and Catholic school and achieving high SAT scores. According to the study, this connection stems in part from the fact that Catholic and many private schools tend to require all students to take a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, while many public schools do not. CATHOLIC SCHOOLS A BIG HELP FOR URBAN BLACKS, BUT NOT WHITES Philadelphia Inquirer David Boldt April 15, 1997 A recdnt University of Chicago study presented evidence that being moved from a public to a Catholic high school dramatically increases the chances that a minority urban student will graduate from high school (and college). However, such a switch has little effect on suburban white public school students. %%against CATHOLIC VOUCHER SCHOOLS NOT REQUIRED TO RELEASE RACE OR SCORES SHOW SAME RACE SCORE GAP AS PUBLIC SCHOOLS z41\CLIP\2000\05\mpscath.txt Where the money went Shepherd Express Metro September 16, 1999 Volume 20, Issue 38 Catholic Schools hide a little Secret COMMENTARY - BY BARBARA MINER Then in May, I heard through a well-placed source that the=20 Archdiocese itself was worried because the test scores at some of the=20 voucher schools were extremely low -- perhaps worse than their MPS=20 counterparts. In other words, the general public has no right to know how well=20 voucher kids are performing in the Catholic schools, even though the=20 public is paying for their tuition. 1991, the one time the Archdiocese released even partial results of=20 test scores, the findings showed that the gap between white and=20 minority students students at its schools mirrored that of MPS. @@General CATHOLIC SCHOOLS EDUCATION 2M IN 7,000 SCHOOLS IN US they represent the single largest group of private schools in the nation, with about 7,000 elementary and middle schools educating some two million children. 17 Second, Catholic schools educate a sizable number of non-Catholics. In Washington, D.C., for example, 52.1 percent of Catholic elementary school children are not Catholic. \clip\98\02\cath.txt Chicago Tribune 1/23/98 ARCHDIOCESE ANTICIPATES CLOSINGS AT END OF YEAR REPORT SAYS 5 OR 6 SCHOOLS TO SHUT DOWN IN JUNE; 1 TO REOPEN By Janita Poe, Tribune Education Writer 98% graduation rate, 90% go to college, 37% minority, 24,080 fewer students than in 1965. Test scores are between 18 and 26 percentage points above the national norm. (68-76th percentile, = good suburban school) ACT=20.8-21 (= national avg for college bound boys) 322 schools in the system, 133,589 students in 1997 \clip\96\05\paropoli.txt "Parochial Poltics" TIME Magazine September 23, 1996 Volume 148, No. 15 p. 30 - Low incomes parents in Cleveland are the most excited. Affluent suburbs are generally satisfied with their public schools. Cleveland is the first to allow money to be spent in Catholic schools, usually they are opposed on constitutional grounds of separation of church and state. Average household income in Cleveland for school choice studens is only $6,597. - In the US, Catholics run 8,293 secondary and elementary schools with 2.6 million students, about half the peak in 65-70 - 13.2% of students are not Catholoc - One reason for opposition by teacher unions is that teachers are paid as much as 20% less than comparable public schools. - A 1990 report by the Rand Corp., for instance, found that low-income parochial-school students averaged 803 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, compared with a 642 average in regional public schools. - parochial schools have higher percentages of students take college-prep math, they assign instead of letting students chose easier courses. \clip\96\02\shancath.txt The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition -- July 30, 1996 Letters to the Editor Catholic Schools: Take a Closer Look. Test scores for catholic schools are comparable when parental achievement is taken into account according to Albert Shanker, catholic schools in Minneapolis show the same gap. \priv\96b\08\cathmira.htm Wall Street Journal July 17, 1996 The Invisible Miracle Of Catholic Schools By SOL STERN City Journal, Summer 1996 Catholic schools in NYC are now mostly minority, but kids perform 1 year ahead of public schools, challenge the city to send their bottom 5%. A landmark 1982 study by education scholars James Coleman, Thomas Hoffer, and Sally Kilgore, for instance, demonstrated that Catholic-school students were one grade level ahead of their public-school counterparts in mathematics, reading, and vocabulary. A study by Andrew Greeley revealed that the differences between Catholic-school and public-school performance were greatest among students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. Catholic schools reduced the racial gap by half. @@Hispanic LATINOS DO BETTER IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WITHOUT BILINGUAL ED \clip\98\10\latcath.txt Many Latinos Fare Better in Catholic Schools August 3, 1998 By ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, Times Staff Writer 97.4% of California Catholic school graduates go on to two- or four-year colleges 29% of California's 251,478 Catholic schoolchildren are Latino. 46% of the Los Angeles County's 92,500 Catholic schoolchildren are Latino. Ninety-five percent of Sacred Heart seniors go on to college, equal to city catholic average, 90% are Latinas. Less than 1% of Catholics drop out, including to public school. Public - 68.5% latino, 50% intend college, 7.8% dropout per year Catholic teachers earn an average of $21,882 annually, much less LA archdiocese, 69% elem, 62.5% high school students non white. Valerie Lee, co-author "Catholic Schools and the Common Good". published in 1993 found catholic schools reduced disadvantages, higher SAT and grad rates All students are on a college prep track @@Voucher (government support) City's school scene redefining public education Evolving system of choices for parents puts Milwaukee under nation's microscope By Joe Williams and Alan J. Borsuk of the Journal Sentinel staff January 17, 1999 \clip\99\02\edclip10.txt Among those invited by east side School Board member Bruce Thompson to make pitches for why their school should be the one the parents choose were leaders of several popular Milwaukee Public Schools and several -- brace yourselves -- Catholic schools. \doc\96\06\cathscho.txt In canada, catholics have a right to separate state-supported catholic schools according to (Patricia Wood) Sept 16, 1996 MILWAUKEE'S CATHOLIC MESSMER 98% GRAD, 85% COLLEGE \clip\98\11\messmer.txt As Test of Vouchers, Milwaukee Parochial School Exceeds Expectations By Jon Jeter Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, September 1, 1998; Page A03 @@Washington State CATHOLIC SCHOOLS EXPAND IN PIERCE COUNTY z48\clip\2001\02\cathgig.txt New parish school will fulfill a dream GIG HARBOR: Ceremony marks start of work on Catholic campus The Seattle Archdiocese alone, with 16,130 students in its elementary schools and 5,523 in its high schools, is the fifth-largest school district in the state, Brunett and Gnanarajah said. All told, there are more than 30,000 students statewide in Washington's Catholic schools. @@Worse Bracey says that the best public high schools do better than Catholic schools. Gerald Bracey says Catholic better at bottom 4th grade but worse at the top of 12th grade while the NAEP 1996 Science Report Card does find that the 10th percentile of Catholic Schools is much higher than the 10th percentile of public schools at grade four, the difference is much smaller for the 75th and 90th percentiles. It is also much smaller for all percentile ranks at 12th grade. Public school seniors' 75th percentile is as high as that for Catholic school students while the public 90th percentile is higher.