… academically—especially on standardized tests—and they are more likely to obtain post-secondary degrees. Before reading my summary, please take a look at these two graphs by Statistics Canada in 2015:
As you can see from figure 1, the results also correlate with the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This is an international study that is administered annually in over 70 countries to evaluate educational systems by testing the competency of 15-year-olds in reading, math and science. The PISA study revealed that in Canada, “private school students outscored their public school counterparts by 45 points on reading tests, a statistically significant margin that remained even when researchers compared students with the same socioeconomic status in both public and private schools”. This is strong testimony to the effectiveness and success of a private school education in Canada.
In regards to the second graph from Statistics Canada, the empirical data demonstrates how private school students are much more likely to pursue—and be accepted into—additional professional education programs, which can greatly help provide these individuals with the skills, knowledge, and experience to become higher wage earners in the job market. If parents want to encourage their children to excel in school, especially for the purpose of attaining a post-secondary education, then it is generally recommended to enrol them in a private school, and one that demonstrates a culture of academic integrity and excellence (think IB schools, which reflect the importance of an internationally standardized education).