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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076

How Do Catholic Schools Compare?

SJB and Public School Students Compared

Comparison charts are featured on the assessment page.

Here is the report.

How Do Catholic & Public Schools Compare?

Catholic school students performed better than public school students on the High School Placement Test (HSPT), according to the testing service results.

And SJB students performed better than all of them! The data shows that 8th grade students at SJB outperformed public school students and Catholic students throughout the Archdiocese.

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There's not a great amount of objective data comparing the student performances of Catholic and public schools in Montgomery County, Md. When it comes to testing, Maryland public school students take the PARCC while Catholic school students take Scantron. In 8th grade, however, many students from Catholic and public schools take the High School Placement Test (HSPT), and the results show the Catholic school students outperform their public school counterparts on the HSPT. What's more, because the public-school scores came from students who were ambitious enough to take the test for private school, there's a good chance that those scores were higher than the public-school average.

Catholic Students Outperform Public Students in Technology and Engineering 

 A study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress found that 8th grade Catholic school students fared better than public-school students when they were presented with real-world scenarios involving technology and engineering challenges. 

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 To read the full report, go here.  The summary can be found here.

Catholic Students Perform Better on the College Admissions Test

Catholic students score an average of 45 points higher on the math portion of the SAT, 43 points higher on the reading portion of the SAT, and 53 points higher on the writing portion of the SAT, according to the 2016 College Board Report.

Catholic school students in 8th grade perform 12 points higher in math, 20 points higher in reading, 14 points higher in technology and literacy, and 17 points higher in history, geography, and civics when compared to 8th graders in public schools, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), better known as the Nation's Report Card

Catholic school 12th-grade students score an average of 20 points higher in math and 26 points higher in reading, according to the report.

Didn't Catholic Schools Take the Public School Tests?

Twelve Catholic elementary schools took the public school test, PARCC, in 2015. It was agreed that the results would not be released publicly. Read the statement for more information.  

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