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The MAROON Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70118 October 21,1983 Vol. 62, No. 8 Coleman: Best students are in private schools By Bettina Buval Students in private and parochial schools academically outperform public school students when equally matched for race, socioeconomic status and parental education, according to James S. Coleman, professor of sociology at the University of Chicago. Coleman, who spoke in Nunemaker Hall Oct. 13, based his conclusion on findings from studies of 58,728 students in 1,015 high schools. Coleman focused his speech on whether private schools provide better education than public schools. Coleman used three simple comparisons between public and private schools to determine whether public high schools fell short of their private school counterparts. The areas of comparison include differences in courses taken, time spent on homework and difference of achievement levels between public and private schools. In his comparison of student curricula, Coleman said 35 percent of public school students are in an academic track as compared with 70 percent of private school students in an academic track. Preparing for one central area of study geared toward entrance into college constitutes being in an academic track. "When you compare Catholic and public education at a sophomore achievement level, 20 percent more private school students are in an academic track than are public school students," Coleman said. This is attributed to school policy and the ability of private schools to draw academically inclined students, he said. Coleman's statistics on homework show that, on the average, public school students spend three hours and 40 minutes on homework per week while private school students spend five hours and 35 minutes. "The substantial difference in time spent on homework is in part due to the students' background and differences between the way the average public school operates and the average Catholic school operates," he said. In his last comparison, differences in achievement level, Coleman's findings indicate that there is a substantial difference in standardized test scores favoring private school students on every test. Coleman attributes this to private school students having stronger educational backgrounds, including the educational background of their parents. From these findings, Coleman concluded that students in private schools receive a higher quality education than do their public school counterparts. This manifests itself as a difference in academic achievement equivalent to about a full school year or five to 10 percentage points on standardized tests, he said. Coleman emphasized that "school order and discipline, regular homework and a high level of teacher involvement are important attributes in achieving quality in education." Colemen warned in his closing statements that if control of schools continues to shift to the national level and there continues to be a lack of consensus on the issue of authority, then the only result will be a decrease in the quality of American education. "The breakdown of discipline due to the lack of consensus and court-limited school authority lessens the capability of all schools to achieve quality and equality in education," said Coleman. . • Coleman's findings are published in his book High School Achievement — Public, Catholic, and Private Schools Compared. Air Fair Students sought the sounds, suds, sun and fun of Fall Fest Friday. See photo spread, p. 9. —Photo by John Mct usker Law students improve Bar results By Mary Ann Palma Loyola's School of Law has shown a substantial increase in the percentage of graduates passing the Louisiana State Bar Examination over the last five years, according to statistics released by Betty Oliver, assistant secretary on Bar Admissions. A breakdown of the pass/fail ratio since 1979 shows more Loyola law graduates are passing the exam, although the exam itself has not changed, Oliver said. In spite of this increase, the percentage of Loyola graduates passing the exam this year was below that of Tulane and Louisiana State University graduates. The results of the July 1983 Louisiana State Bar Exam were announced in a press release from Edward J. Rice, Jr., committee chairman on Bar Admissions. According to the release, 692 applicants took the exam held at the Louisiana Superdome and the Capital House in Baton Rouge. The 692 applicants included 149 graduates from Loyola, 186 from LSU, 148 from Tulane University, 95 from Southern University and 114 out-of-state graduates. Of the 149 Loyola graduates taking the test, 125 (83.9 precent) passed, 19 (12.8 percent) were conditioned and five (3.4 percent) failed the exam. Conditioned graduates are those who take the exam and fail vital sections of it. These students are tested again at a later date on the sections they failed. In comparison, of the 186 LSU graduates, 163 (87.6 percent) passed the exam, 22 (11.8 percent) were conditioned and one (0.5 percent) failed the exam. Of the 148 Tulane graduates taking the exam, 127 (85.8 percent) passed, 19 (12.8 percent) were conditioned and two (1.4 percent) failed the exam. Forty-seven (49.5 percent) of the 95 Southern graduates taking the exam passed, 21 (22.1 percent) were conditioned and 27 (28.4 percent) failed the exam. James M. Klebba, associate dean of Loyola's law school, said although there has been a steady increase in the number of applicants that passed the bar, he is still not satisfied with the results. "We're always trying to improve," he said. According to Klebba, Loyola's law school graduates are prepared for entrance to the bar by three years of liberal arts law. A commerciallyoffered six-week side course is also available for students wanting extra help, he added. Klebba said the law school staff had an extensive review of past policies last spring and is involved in devising preparations to help their students do even better on the bar in the future.
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