(CNSNews.com) – Data released by the National Center for Educational Statistics, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Education, shows that Catholic school teachers, on average, work slightly more time each week than pubic school teachers–but get paid less while producing better results than public school teachers.
The NCES published a report in December entitled, “Characteristics of 2020-21 Public and Private School Teachers in the United States.” The report was based on a survey the Census Bureau conducted on behalf of NCES that interviewed public and private school principals and teachers.
Table A-5 in the report showed the “average weekly hours” that teachers spent “on all teaching and other school-related activities.”
Public school teachers, the survey indicated, spent an average of 52.0 hours per week on teaching and other school-related activities. Catholic school teachers, by contrast, spent 53.0 hours per week on teaching and other school-related activities.
Table A-6 in the report showed the “average base teaching salary and supplements” for teachers in both public and private schools.
Regular full-time K-12 public school teachers earned an average base salary of $61,600 in the 2020-2021 school year. Regular full-time K-12 teachers in Catholic schools, by contrast, earned an average base salary of only $45,200. That was $16,400—or approximately 26.6 percent—less than the average base salary for public school teachers.
While public school teachers are earning higher salaries than Catholic school teachers, there students are earning lower test scores.
In NCES’s 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading test for fourth graders, public school students had an average score of 216, while Catholic school students had an average score of 233. Among eighth graders, public school students had an average score of 259 on the reading test, while Catholic school students had an average score of 279.
In the NAEP reading test given to 12th graders in 2015, public school students scored an average of 285, while Catholic school students scored an average of 311.
In the 2022 NAEP math scores, Catholic school fourth graders scored 246 while public school fourth graders scored 235. Catholic school eighth graders scored 288 in math while public school eighth graders scored 273.
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