Explaining the Performance Gap between Public and Private School Students

  title={Explaining the Performance Gap between Public and Private School Students},
  author={Kevin Duncan and Jonathan Sandy},
  journal={Eastern Economic Journal},
Data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Labor Market Experience for Youth are used to estimate the private school test score advantage. Regression results indicate that those who attend private schools score higher on the Armed Forces Qualifications Test. However, this advantage loses statistical significance with controls for family and school background. Decomposition of the private-public test score difference indicates that 78 percent of the gap can be explained by differences in… 

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