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This analysis contributes to the smaller, less developed Canadian literature on the topic. The annual School Report Card released by the Fraser Institute in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec ranks schools based on standardized provincial exam scores. The reports adjust for a limited number of local socio-economic characteristics. For example, the Ontario analysis adjusts for average family income at the postal-code level. However, evidence suggests that parents of children who attend Ontario private schools tend, on average, to be more highly educated than parents of children who attend Ontario public schools (Van Pelt, Allison and Allison 2007). Previous research has shown that parental education is a much stronger correlate of child educational success than family income (e.g., Frenette 2007).

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