Private or public schools: Who’s ahead by degrees?

Released: 
October 06, 2012

More public school teachers hold masters’ degrees than their counterparts in private schools. And those higher degrees help students.

Some may steer their children into private schools assuming they’ll have more qualified teachers. Maybe not. 52 percent of the nation’s 3.3 million public school teachers have a masters’ degree or better – compared to 38 percent of teachers at private schools.

Parents who think a better-educated teacher means better-performing students are right, though. Young students whose teachers hold advanced degrees produce better raw math scores. Click on today’s infographic and discover where the improvements are showing up.

Interested to know more about teacher qualifications? Dig into our “What Do Others Say?” zone below.

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