Education Outcomes

We 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.
Naturally Diverse
David Hunt, Joanna DeJong VanHof, Jenisa Los
November 22, 2022
Ontario is seeing explosive growth in independent schools. The number of independent schools has grown by 52% since 2013-14. These schools now educate more than 154,000 students. Naturally Diverse categorizes these schools to better understand which needs and communities they serve. 
Excerpt from Future Ready
Lynn E. Swaner, Jon Eckert, Erik Ellefsen, Matthew H. Lee
July 29, 2022
Challenges to Christian school sustainability have been well-documented in recent years—from historical declines in enrollment, to limited reach across diverse populations, to lack of programmatic and structural innovation, to personnel shortages and increasing educator burnout.

Special Projects

Cardus Education Survey

Cardus Education Survey

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.  

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 takes place that afternoon, immediately before and in addition to the general conference. This 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

Let School Money Follow Students
Financial Post
September 29, 2022
Does it make sense to fund religious and independent schools with tax dollars? David Hunt, Education Director at Cardus, answers that question with a resounding "yes" in his Financial Post commentary.
Has the Pandemic Made Us Realize Schools Are an Essential Service?
The Hub
April 12, 2022
A new study from Joanna DeJong VanHof, a Cardus researcher, suggests Ontario’s pandemic experience raises a critical question about whether in-person schooling should be an essential service. Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash   
Matching students and schools by religion improves academic outcomes
The Hub
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

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