LMU Study Finds Inner City Catholic School Students Outperforming Public School Peers (June 2011)

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Research

Through its research, the Center for Catholic Education is seeking the most effective approaches to running Catholic schools and educating their students, as well as providing data to support the value and impact of a Catholic school education.

Research by the School of Education, in partnership with the Catholic Education Foundation, is bringing much-needed attention to the value of Catholic schools. One study analyzes the long-term impact of Catholic schools, particularly in educating poor and marginalized students. Already, findings from the study's first phase – showing a substantially higher graduation rate for at-risk Los Angeles-area Catholic school students than for their counterparts in public schools – have drawn national attention, including a reference in a Wall Street Journal editorial on Catholic education.

But the work of the LMU Catholic Schools Research Project has only begun. The recently completed second phase analyzes how Catholic schools prepare low-income and marginalized students for post-secondary education, looking at student achievement data such as SAT scores along with college enrollment rates.

Future research will expand on the effectiveness of Catholic schools and develop new models for sustainability and collaborative partnerships to safeguard the successful tradition of Catholic education.

Outreach

The Center for Catholic Education will work to secure the continued viability of Catholic education by engaging constituents at the local, state and national levels as part of its outreach mission. Research into critical questions affecting Catholic Education will be disseminated to policymakers and funders, increasing knowledge of the contribution and successes of Catholic schools. The CCE will pursue partnerships with other Catholic universities, organizations and departments of education to further outreach goals, and will present best practices and research findings at local and national conferences to promote Catholic education. CCE will also host speakers and workshops on issues closely affecting our Los Angeles Catholic schools and the national field of Catholic education.

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