I wanted to take a moment in my weekly email and give you some really encouraging news about one of the most comprehensive surveys ever completed on North American K-12 Christian Education.
This survey was by the Cardus Group which is a North American think tank and the University Of Notre Dame.Cardus wanted to undertake a study that would help fill knowledge gaps about K-12 Christian education and help interested parties better understand the intended and actual outcomes of Christian education in academics, spiritual development, and cultural engagement in the United States and Canada. The report compared the student outcomes in the areas above of protestant Christian schools, public schools, Catholic schools, and non-religious private schools.
First, let me begin by sharing with you some of the key spiritual results. The study found that Christian school graduates are more likely to: be committed to their churches, more likely to stay committed to their faith throughout life, more likely to give and volunteer, spend more time reading their Bible, more likely to show respect for authority, more likely to believe in absolute truth, more likely to be grateful, and so much more.
The study also found that Christian school graduates are less likely to divorce, less likely to be involved in premarital sex, and less likely to have doubts about their salvation. It also shows that Christian school graduates have a stronger sense of direction for life and are able to deal with problems that arise more effectively.
From the academic side, the study shows that Christian schools and Catholic schools consistently outperform their public school counterparts. Christian schools like Metrolina score consistently 20 percentage points higher than the norm on national standardized tests. The National Assessment of Educational Progress(NAEP), the nations report card, concurs with the Cardus Group that Christian schools are in the top 10% of the country's schools in terms of academic progress.
The Cardus Education Survey confirms what I as a parent have known in my heart for years. Specifically, that teaching God's truth to our children changes their lives . However, this study also demonstrates that though we strive for spiritual outcomes we are strong in our approach to academics as our students are performing at the highest levels as compared to any school system in the country.
I have seen this in our results here at Metrolina as our students are being sought and accepted by colleges and universities all over this country. For instance, our class of 2012 with 52 seniors received over 4 million dollars in scholarship opportunities this past year.
Indeed, the Cardus Education Survey is one of the most impacting studies that I have seen that validates Christian Education from an unbiased empirical research group. I look forward to getting out a more detailed look at this study to you in the coming weeks.
I love serving your family!