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Private schools first, public schools last in U.S. K-12 ratings

Staff Writer | August 21, 2017
Americans believe private schools provide students with the best K-12 education of five different types of schools in the U.S.
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America   The views of parents with children
The 71% who rate the quality of private school education as excellent or good exceeds the ratings for parochial, charter, home and public schooling, in that order.

The 71% of Americans who rate private school education positively is only a bit higher than the 63% positive rating for parochial schools but far outpaces the percentages for charter schools (55%), home schooling (46%) and public schools (44%).

The views of parents with children in K-12 about the quality of the various educational options are largely similar to those of adults without school-aged children.

There are greater differences by party identification. Republicans are more positive than Democrats about parochial, charter and home schooling, and Democrats are more positive than Republicans about public schooling.

Still, both party groups rank private schooling as the most effective, with 76% of Republicans and 68% of Democrats saying it provides students with an excellent or good education.

Parochial schools rank second for both. However, charter schools rank third among Republicans, followed by home schooling and then public schools.

For Democrats, charter schools tie with public schools at 48%, while home schooling is rated worst at 38%.