Forget private school, research finds public just as good

SPENDING thousands of dollars a year to send your child to private school won't improve their education, Queensland researchers have found.

The University of Queensland study found different outcomes for the private and public students studied were due to "differences between households and students that already exist in society" rather than their type of schooling.

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UQ Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences duo Professor Luke Connelly and Dr Hong Son Nghiem (now at the Queensland University of Technology) tracked more than 4000 Australian primary school children between Year 3 and 5 for the study.

Generally speaking, private students perform better than public students in NAPLAN tests.

But once researchers took into account a range of other factors likely to benefit a child's education - such as household income and parental education - that advantage disappeared.

Read more at Brisbane Times


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