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 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana January 18, 1991 NCEA survey Catholic students in Cathodic schools say their teachers care more WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sixty-one percent of eighth graders in Catholic schools and sixty percent of Catholic juniors and seniors in Catholic high schools view their teachers as more caring, according to a re- cent survey sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). In the survey, Catholic high school students viewed their teachers as more caring, they had a greater interest in reading, tended to be prouder of their schools, and they tend- ed to have better self-concepts than Catholic students who do not attend Catholic schools. The test results offered a com- parision of students' percep- tions about the schools which they attend full-time. They are not a comparison of religious education teachers or CCD pro- grams versus Catholic schools. Sixty percent of high school juniors and seniors attending Catholic institutions responded positively to questions which measured their views on teachers as caring. This com- pares with a 30 percent response from those who at- tended non-Catholic schools. Fifty-nine percent of the Catholic school students said that they find their classwork stimulating, compared with 29 percent of their non-Catholic school counterparts. Sixty-one percent of Catholic high school seniors felt they had a somewhat positive self-image; 29 percent of Catholics atten- ding non-Catholic schools did. "These results give credence to what we always felt was true," said Philip Robey, pro- ject manager for Religious Education Surveys, NCEA, "that teachers in Catholic schools do care for their students, and their efforts yield invaluable results." The surveys were given to 45,772 Catholic school students and 11,783 students in religious education programs not attending Catholic schools. Results show that junior high school students who par- ticipated in the survey also favor a Catholic school at- mosphere. Of 34,474 Catholic school eighth graders and 7,422 non-Catholic school eighth graders, students attending Catholic schools were an average of 27.4 percent more in- clined to give a positive rating to questions about the students' school/self. National Appreciation Day Jan. 30 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The second annual National Appreciation Day for Catholic Schools will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30. The event was founded by the National Catholic Educa- tional Association (NCEA). This year's theme is "Schools of Choice -- Catholic Schools." It reflects a major issue in education to- day, that of educational choice, explained to Dr. Robert Kealey, executive director, NCEA department of elementary schools. "Educational choice is clearly the issue of the '90s," Dr. Kealey said; noting that Catholic educators must make their voices heard so that Catholic schools are in- cluded in state and federal educational choice plans. Volunteetism in Catholic high schools WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ninety-one percent of Catholic high schools say that they receive volunteer help from parents and family members of students. In a recent study by the Na- tional Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Catholic schools reported that parent or family volunteers each donated 27 hours during the academic year -- the equivalent of about four average work days. "The educational reform movement in this country points to parental involvement as a key to successful schools," said Michael Guerra, executive director, NCEA department of secondary schools. "Catholic educators support parental choice and welcome parental involvement. Clearly Catholic secondary schools have found a way to incorporate parents as active participants in the life of the school community." The reports, "Catholic High Schools and Their Finances 1990," also has encouraging news in terms of financial aid. The average amount of total financial aid provided by the typical Catholic high school was $45,000, a 12.5 percent in- crease from the amount reported in 1987-88. The size of the average grant has risen from $709 to $880, a 24 percent increase in the past two years. "There is substantial evidence that schools have made serious efforts to increase their financial aid programs, demonstrating a broadly shared commitment to student diversi- ty and access," said Guerra. The Catholic high schools surveyed said that 17 percent of their students receive financial aid, based largely on family need. "In spite of mounting financial pressures, Catholic schools continue theiFffadition of commitment to reachl out to all sectors of the community, including families of limited means," Guerra said. National Results: Comparing Catholic Children in Catholic Schools v, Non.Catholic Schools Catholic Non -Catholic Catholic Non-Catholic School School School School 8th Grade High School Juniors and Seniors Teachers Caring Catholic Non-Catholic Catholic Non-catholio School School School School 8th Grade High School Juniors and Seniors Class Work Stimulating Catholic Non-Catholic Catholic Non-Catholic School School School School 8th Grade Seniors Only Interested in Reading Positive Self Image Source: The Assessment of Catholic Religious Education, NCEA, 1989-90. / / / / Comparison of Scores of Catholic and Public School Students Reading 60 55 50 45 40 35 30 Math 320 Grade 3 Grade 7 Grade 11. Catholic Public Catholic Public Catholic Public School School School School School School 300 280 -- 260 -- 240 -- 220 200 0 Math Grade 3 Grade 7 Grade 11 Science 320 300 290 -- 260 -- 240 -- 220 200 Catholic Public Catholic Public Catholic Public School School School School School School Biology Grade 3 Grade 7 Grade t 1 Catholic Public Catholic Public Catholic Public School School School School School School Sources: National Assessment, of Educational Progress Profiency in Reading: 1985-1986 Catholic and Public Schools Compared Final Report 1989. NCEA National Assessment of Educatioral Progress Proficiency in Mathematics and Scieoce: 1985-1986 Catholic and Public Schools Com- pared Final Report 1989. NCEA t/t i t Jill t