In 2012, two professors from La Sierra University undertook a large study of the entire Adventist school system. It was called the CognitiveGenesis Study. The goal of the study was to answer these questions:
- How well are students doing academically in the Adventist school system?
- How does academic performance in Adventist schools compare to academic performance in public schools and other private schools?
- What student, home and school factors are associated with higher academic achievement?
- What areas could be improved to provide the best possible education?
The CognitiveGenesis study surveyed over 51,000 students from Adventist elementary schools and academies all over the United States. The group also surveyed students, parents, teachers and administrators as well, in order to identify factors that might influence scholastic achievement. Within the United States, just about every Adventist elementary school and academy participated in the study.
- Students in all grades, in Adventist schools of all sizes, outperformed the national average in all subjects.
- Students in Adventist schools had higher-than-expected academic achievement based on an assessment of individual ability.
- Students who transferred to Adventist schools saw a significant improvement in their test scores. Also, the longer students stayed in the Adventist school system, the more they gained in achievement and ability.
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