Education Outcomes

We humbly suggest:

  • Christian schools produce societally desirable outcomes in their graduates.

Supporting Research

Cardus Education Survey: Phase I Report (2011)
Start Here
Ray Pennings, Kathryn Wiens
August 16, 2011
Do Christian schools deliver on their promises? Cardus reports on the largest-ever sample of Christian school graduates and administrators in North America, focusing on students' spiritual formation, cultural engagement, and academic development. This report is available for purchase in PDF or book form, and and its accompanying curricula are available free of charge in digital form, and at cost in print form.
A Good Fit
Catherine Pakaluk , Nicholas Swanson
December 13, 2021
In this report we describe the first study that has assessed the value of a religious “good fit” in education. Using US data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97), the study estimated a religious match effect, which is the difference in standardized test scores for students paired to schools of their same religion, after controlling for other variables.
Funding All Students
David Hunt, Anointing Momoh, Deani Van Pelt
September 15, 2021
This study presents the hypothetical economic costs of funding Ontario’s independent schools, if the province were to fully fund the sector or apply any of the existing partial-funding models in Canada.

Explorations

From Scarcity to Abundance (Pre-Conference Event)
March 8, 2022
The long-awaited Converge 2022 global summit starts the evening of March 8, 2022. This pre-conference event is a panel discussion between Cardus senior fellows on current innovation and new trends in Christian school financial sustainability and growth.
The State of the System: A Reality Check on Canada's Schools in Light of COVID
September 30, 2020
The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic left our schools scrambling. The sudden need for distance education thrust our kids into an experiment with online learning that we weren’t ready for. Whatever the results of that experiment prove to be, we already know the experience exposed significant cracks in education: inflexibility, inequity, and over-centralized control. So, how do we make education more resilient for the future?
Making the Public Good Case for Private Schools
October 8, 2019
A reception and panel discussion exploring independent schools and their contributions to the public good in the United States.

Media Coverage

Matching students and schools by religion improves academic outcomes
January 14, 2022
"The faith-matched group in my data exhibited standardized test scores in the range of five to eight percentage points better than the unmatched students," Dr. Catherine Ruth Pakaluk tells The Hub. Photo by Jeswin Thomas on Unsplash
Study proves value of religious schools
The Catholic Register
January 5, 2022
"A new study suggests that American students attending an independent school aligning with their religious identity achieved higher scores on standardized math and reading tests compared to non-religious peers," reports The Catholic Register. Photo by Ben Mullins on Unsplash 
Independent Schools Have an Advantage in Forming Good Citizens
The Epoch Times
July 2, 2021
In today's Epoch Times David Hunt reports on the latest Cardus Education report: "Individually and collectively, on almost every measure, independent-school enrolment not only enhances civic outcomes but does so more effectively than enrolment at government schools." 

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