Let’s face it: you’ve envied them for years. Who? You know, those parents who send their children to high-powered elite public high schools in those affluent suburban communities. Their children have access to the best public schools without the high cost of a private school. According to all the experts we’re told these schools have all the tools to produce high-powered students ready to take on the world and all it offers. So just how well are students from these elite public high schools doing? According to Jay Greene and Josh McGhee of the University of Arkansas, not as well as you might think.
In the latest issue of Education Next, Greene and McGhee found in math, most students from allegedly high-caliber suburban schools are only performing close to the median score of international students in math.
If you live in Evanston, Illinois or Fairfax,Virginia, Beverly Hills California or Gross Pointe, Michigan, you should be concerned. Students in other suburban districts (Plano, Texas, Lower Merion and Highland Park Texas) had slightly higher scores.
What’s particularly interesting is the performance of charter school students, who – but for two exceptions – performed consistently better than their suburban counterparts.