- Denominatie van de school, gezins- en schoolsamenstelling en onderwijsprestaties
- Verschillen openbaar en bijzonder onderwijs in hun opbrengsten?
- Translated title
- School denomination, family and school composition, and educational achievements
- Translated subtitle
- Are there differences between religious and non-religious schools?
- Volume | Issue number
- 37 | 1
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Research Institute of Child Development and Education (RICDE)
Despite an ever increasing process of secularization in Dutch society, the
share of religious schools in the Netherlands has remained remarkably stable
over the last fifty years. One explanation for this persistent attraction among
parents is the sector’s good reputation regarding educational quality and
achievement. This study tests whether this assumption corresponds with
empirical reality. The data analyzed come from the second measurement
round of the COOL5-18 cohort study conducted in 2011. A total of 19 cognitive
and non-cognitive outcome measures were available from 27457 students in
grades 2, 5 and 8 of 386 primary schools. The analyses compare the outcomes
of public (i.e. neutral) schools with those of three types of religious schools,
namely Protestant, Catholic, and Islamic schools. The results show that after
controlling for differences between students in terms of social and ethnic
background, and schools in terms of share of low educated and immigrant
parents, no differences between public and religious schools remain. Meanwhile,
Islamic schools appear to have a special potential regarding the
elimination of their educational disadvantage.
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