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Public schools are improving their grades

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Staff writer ▼ | September 30, 2015
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Education   National ratings for charter schools have improved notably since 2008

Americans' ratings of public schools are on the rise. Just under two in ten believe U.S. public schools provide an excellent or very good education nationally, at both the primary (19% for grades K-6) and secondary (18% for grades 7-12).

While there's still plenty of room for improvement, both scores have improved over the last seven years (from 15% and 13%, respectively, in 2008).

However, other schooling systems are getting better grades – dramatically better, in the case of private schools.

In particular, four in ten Americans believe religious private schools provide an excellent or very good education (40% each primary and secondary), while just under four in ten say the same of private schools without religious affiliations (38% primary, 39% secondary).

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,273 U.S. adults surveyed online between July 15 and 20, 2015.

Charter schools also outpace public, albeit less dramatically than their private counterparts: nationally, just over a quarter of American give charter schools excellent or very good ratings for the quality of education they provide (26% primary, 27% secondary).

National ratings for charter schools have improved notably since 2008, when two in ten adults believed they provided an excellent or very good quality of education at both the primary and secondary levels (20% each).

Homeschooling draws slightly stronger excellent or very good ratings than public schools as well (23% primary, 22% secondary).

National homeschooling perceptions show little change since 2008, when two in ten Americans rated homeschooling excellent/very good (20% each primary and secondary).


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