6 March 2018 A new study has found that graduates who attend higher-end schools have better academic outcomes than graduates from lower-end institutions.
The study was conducted by the Centre for Education and Learning (CELL) at the University of Bristol and was conducted in conjunction with the Department of Education, Science and Technology at Cambridge University.
The researchers looked at the academic performance of 1,097 students who had taken an introductory computer science course at a public high school and a private school.
They found that the students at the public high schools had a higher average score on the General Assessment of Educational Progress (GAEP) than the students in private schools.
This finding has led to some controversy among some teachers, with some arguing that the gap is not as big as some of the public schools have reported, and others saying that the difference is so small as to be meaningless.
The results also suggest that students who are from wealthier families, who are more likely to attend the most selective private schools, have an advantage in the tests.
“Our results suggest that private school graduates outperform public school graduates in terms of performance in GCSE and A-levels,” said the lead researcher, Dr Joanna A. Peebles.
“In terms of overall GCSE scores, we found that in private school students, there was no significant difference in terms for mathematics and English.”
There was a clear gap in terms in terms to which students had better test scores and a much greater gap in the math tests.
“This gap is also seen in A-level scores.”
The findings have led to a number of questions and concerns among teachers, many of which have been raised on social media, including whether the students attending private schools may be more likely than those in public schools to have academic issues.
Some teachers have also raised concerns about the high costs of attending a private high school, which is often in a different area of the country to the public school they were going to.
In its response to the CELL study, the Department for Education, Education, Skills and Universities (DESY) said the results were “incorrect”.
“The study found that those attending private school scored a higher mark on GCSE than the population of the area they studied, which supports the conclusions of our own analysis,” a spokesman said.
“The results are the opposite of the one that the researchers drew attention to, which was that there was a large gap between the students who attended private school and the population as a whole.”
He added: “The results of this study are incorrect, they were wrong and they have now been corrected.”
Dr Peeble said the gap in test scores between the public and private school groups is “not statistically significant”.
“What we are seeing is a difference in test performance by gender and age,” she said.
She added:”We have a large proportion of women in the UK who are going to be taking the same or higher-performing GCSEs than their male peers.”
They are also going to come from different socio-economic backgrounds, and there are other factors that can impact on performance.
Peebles, who is the lead author of the study, said the findings showed “a stark contrast between the two groups”.”
It’s very clear that the private school children are much better academically than the public sector children.
“But it’s not clear why this is the case.
It is possible that this is just the nature of the game and that there is a wider advantage in private education.”
Dr P.E.E., who has been working with private schools for the last decade, said: “Private school is not perfect, but it is an excellent way to get a good start.”
It is a much more effective way to meet the need of the students.
I have no doubt that if you go to a private university or secondary school, you will be able to achieve higher standards in the subjects that you choose to study, and that’s a great thing.
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