The Adventist Advantage
Seventh-day Adventist educators have long maintained that their students’ achievement test scores (Iowa Test of Basic Skills scores), pass rates, and college matriculation percentages consistently outpace most public school and even other private school systems. The Annual Council of American Private Education Report indicates performance of private education students on nationwide standardized tests routinely outpaces those of public school students. Are these impressive facts or just well-intentioned propaganda?
The CognitiveGenesis study was born out of the desire to create an empirical data bank that could answer the following questions:
Researchers at La Sierra University undertook the first division-wide (United States, Canada, and Bermuda) study to assess Adventist academics in elementary and secondary schools. The four-year study documented the academic achievement of approximately 30,000 students in North America and examined the various factors that are related to achievement.
Achievement of Students in Adventist Schools is:
...Above the national average
...Above the predicted / expected achievement
Families, churches and parachurch ministries must recognize that primary window of opportunity for effectively reaching people with the good news of Jesus' death and resurrection is during the pre-teen years. It is during those years that people develop their frames of reference for the remainder of their life--especially theologically and morally. Consistently explaining and modeling truth principles for young people is the most critical factor in spiritual development.
It is the work of true education to . . . train the youth to be thinkers [ability] and not mere reflectors of other people's thoughts [achievement].