Public vs Private Schools: The Cold Hard Facts

Is there a difference between public school and private school teachers? In reality, the actual teachers themselves are likely both there for the right reason. To help educate the young minds of tomorrow.

But what about the statistics underlying these two big spots of formal education? How many women versus men are in each school? What are the student to teacher ratios? This infographic spells out the basics in case you’re curious or looking to jump from one side to the other. Hope it helps!

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Published by Masters In Teaching


  1. Linda Alexander

    December 27, 2012 at 11:59 am

    As interesting as these stats could be, this analysis is flawed. As most educators know, there are many different categories of “private” schools. There are independent private schools (for a complete list refer to the National Association of Independent Schools or that have very different stats, especially within the advanced degrees category versus what’s reported here. There are also many urban and suburban parochial schools, and thousands of religious private schools. Basically, to lump all these unique entities together into one bundle doesn’t make any sense. The same reasoning also applies to public schools. Families are wise to try and compare apples-to-apples within their own home communities.

  2. Dylan Wiliam

    December 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Even colder, harder fact: According to the OECD, once you control for the social class of the students, and of the school, it turns out that students in the US actually do better in public schools than private ones. Of course, if you have the money to send your children to private schools, you should do so. The quality of teaching is worse than in public schools, but the peer-group almost makes up for that…

  3. Nancy

    December 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Ditto, Linda A. Precisely the very point I wished to make.

  4. Theodore Shatagin

    December 29, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Yes, the analysis if flawed and the comparisons are faulty. This happens too often with infographics. I am often disappointed as an author attempts to reduce complex ideas and data to a one-page ideogram.

  5. Natalie

    December 29, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Research shows the single most important factor that can influence a child’s education: parental involvement. This article seeks to demonstrate the harsh truth that many who invest in private education are not necessarily guaranteed a “better” education. It’s hard to stomach for many; however, it’s good to have this discussion to truly reflect whether there is a “generalized” big difference between private vs public education….