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'''State schools''' (also known outside the UK as '''[[public school]]s'''<ref group=note>In [[England]], some [[Education in England#Independent schools|independent schools]] for 13-18 year-olds are known for historical reasons as 'public schools'.</ref>) generally refer to primary or secondary [[educational institution|schools]] mandated for or offered to all children without charge, funded in whole or in part by [[tax]]ation. The term may also refer to public institutions of [[post-secondary education]].
==General characteristics==
State education includes basic education, [[kindergarten]] to twelfth grade, also referred to as primary and secondary education, as well as post-secondary educational institutions such as universities, colleges, and technical schools funded and overseen by government rather than private entities.
State education is inclusive, both in its treatment of students and in that enfranchisement for the government of public education is as broad as for government generally. It is often organized and operated to be a deliberate model of the civil community in which it functions. Although typically provided to groups of students in classrooms in a central school, it may be provided in-home, employing visiting teachers,and/or supervising teachers. It can also be provided in non-school, non-home settings, such as shopping mall space.
State education is generally available to all. In most countries, it is compulsory for children to attend school up to a certain age, but the option of attending private school is open to many. In the case of [[private school]]ing, schools operate independently of the state and generally defray their costs (or even make a profit) by charging parents [[tuition|tuition fees]]. The funding for state schools, on the other hand, is provided by tax revenues, so that even individuals who do not attend school (or whose dependents do not attend school) help to ensure that society is educated. In poverty stricken societies, authorities are often lax on compulsory school attendance because [[child labour]] is exploited. It is these same children whose income-securing labor cannot be forfeited to allow for school attendance.
The term "public education" when applied to state schools is not synonymous with the term "publicly funded education". Government may make a public policy decision that it wants to have some financial resources distributed in support of, and it may want to have some control over, the provision of private education. Grants-in-aid of private schools and vouchers systems provide examples of publicly funded private education. Conversely, a state school (including one run by a school district) may rely heavily on private funding such as high fees or private donations and still be considered state by virtue of governmental ownership and control.
State primary and secondary education often involves the following:
#[[Compulsory education|compulsory student attendance]] (until a certain age or standard is achieved);
#certification of teachers and curricula, either by the government or by a teachers' organization;
#testing and standards provided by government.
In some countries (such as [[Germany]]), private associations or churches can operate schools according to their own principles, as long as they comply with certain state requirements. When these specific requirements are met, especially in the area of the school curriculum, the schools will qualify to receive state funding. They are then treated financially and for accreditation purposes as part of the state education system, even though they make decisions about hiring and school policy (not hiring atheists, for example), which the state might not make itself.
Proponents of state education assert it to be necessary because of the need in modern society for people who are capable of [[reading (activity)|reading]], [[writing]], and doing basic [[mathematic]]s. However, some [[Libertarianism|libertarians]] argue that education is best left to the private sector; in addition, advocates of alternative forms of education such as [[unschooling]] argue that these same skills can be achieved without subjecting children to state-run compulsory schooling. In most industrialized countries, these views are distinctly in the minority.{{Citation needed|date=April 2011}}
==National state school systems==
{{Main|Education in Australia}}
Government (or state) schools are run by the respective state government. They offer free education; however, many schools ask parents to pay a voluntary contribution fee/tax levy. They can be divided into two categories: open and [[selective school]]. The open schools accept all students from their government-defined catchment areas, and teach using the [[curriculum|CSF]]. Many open government schools have selective classes in which well performing students are offered extended and accelerated work. Selective government schools are considered more prestigious than open government schools. They have high entrance requirements and cater to a much larger area. Entrance to selective schools is often highly competitive. Some of the renowned selective government schools are [[Fort Street High School]], [[Sydney Boys High School]], [[Sydney Girls High School]], [[Glenunga International High School]], [[Melbourne High School (Victoria)|Melbourne High School]], [[Mac.Robertson Girls' High School]], [[James Ruse Agricultural High School]], [[Baulkham Hills High School]], [[North Sydney Girls High School]], [[Hornsby Girls High School]], [[Adelaide High School]], [[Brisbane State High School]], [[North Sydney Boys High School]], [[Marryatville High School]] and [[Perth Modern School]].
{{Main|Education in Belarus}}
{{Main|Education in Canada}}
[[Image:Old Scona Exterior.jpg|thumb|[[Old Scona Academic High School|Old Scona High School]] in [[Edmonton]], [[Alberta]].]]
Per the [[Constitution of Canada|Canadian constitution]], public-school education in Canada is a provincial responsibility and, as such, there are many variations among the provinces. Junior Kindergarten (or equivalent) exists as an official program in only Ontario and Quebec while kindergarten (or equivalent) is available in every province, but provincial funding and the level of hours provided varies widely. Starting at grade one, at about age six there is universal Crown-funded access up to grade twelve (or equivalent). Schools are generally divided into elementary or primary schools (Kindergarten to Grade 8), and secondary, or high school (Grades 9 to 12). However, in many areas [[Middle school#Canada|middle schools]] are also provided and in some schools, particularly in rural areas, the elementary and middle levels can be combined into one school. Commencing in 2003, Grade 13, or OAC, was eliminated in Ontario; it had previously been required only for students who intended to go on to university. Children are required to attend school until the age of sixteen in most provinces, while students in Ontario and New Brunswick must attend schools until the age of eighteen.
Some Canadian provinces offer segregated-by-religious-choice, but nonetheless Crown-funded and Crown-regulated, religiously based education. In [[Ontario]], for example, Roman Catholic schools are known as "Catholic school" or "Separate school", not "Public school", although these are, by definition, no less "public" than their secular counterparts.
===People's Republic of China===
{{main|Education in the People's Republic of China}}
In [[the PRC]], state schools are funded and administered by the education sector within the government. Although some, especially high schools, have started to charge a fair portion of parents of students an additional tuition fee, due to the increased places offered by the schools in recent years. Top state schools are often very selective, however. Students who miss their entrance requirement may still gain places if they meet a relatively lower requirement and their parents are willing to pay for the additional fees. Some parents appreciate the idea as they may send their children to good schools even though they may not be academically qualified, while others believe that it is not fair for someone who has a background of poverty.
====Hong Kong====
{{main|Education in Hong Kong#School types}}
In [[Hong Kong]] the term ''government schools'' is used for free schools funded by the government.
There are also subsidized schools (which are the majority in Hong Kong and many of which are run by Religious organizations), "[[Direct Subsidy Scheme]]" schools, private schools and international schools in Hong Kong. Some schools are international schools, which are not subsidized by the government.
{{Main|Education in Denmark}}
The [[Denmark|Danish]] School system is supported today by tax-based [[government]]al and [[Municipalities of Denmark|municipal]] funding from [[Danish Pre-School Education|day care]] through primary and [[Secondary education in Denmark|secondary education]] to [[Higher education in Denmark|higher education]] and there are no [[tuition fee]]s for regular students in public schools and [[List of universities in Denmark|universities]].
The Danish public [[primary school]]s, covering the entire period of compulsory education, are called ''[[Danish Folkeskole Education|folkeskoler]]'' (literally 'people's schools' or 'public schools'). The ''Folkeskole'' consists of a voluntary pre-school class, the 9-year obligatory course and a voluntary 10th year. It thus caters for pupils aged 6 to 17.
It is also possible for parents to send their children to various kinds of [[private school]]s. These schools also receive government funding, although they are not public. In addition to this funding, these schools may charge a fee from the parents.
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{{Main|Education in the Republic of Ireland}}
In [[Republic of Ireland|Ireland]], a public school ({{lang-ga|scoil phoiblí}}) is a non fee-paying school which is funded by the State, while a [[private school]] ({{lang-ga|scoil phríobháideach}}) is part funded by the State and is fee-paying. The Irish State pays all the teachers in the private sector just as it pays teachers in the public sector. The State also pays for capital expenditure such as buildings in the private sector. Irish law recognises the right of parents to educate their children as they wish and this choice includes private education. However, private education in Ireland is not entirely private. The State foot the majority of the cost while the main function of the fee is to reserve this type of education for the elite. The fee, combined with State investment in these schools, gives a distinct State supported competitive advantage to these students in the Irish education system. The Irish Leaving Certificate is a State exam taken by all Irish students before they leave secondary school. This exam is the sole and only factor considered for entry into third level education. Many public and private schools in Ireland teach religion.
{{main|Secondary education in France}}
[[Image:Rue St Jacques Louis Le Grand DSC09316.jpg|thumb|200px|La Sorbonne]]
The French educational system is highly centralized, organized, and ramified. It is divided into three stages:
* primary education (''enseignement primaire'');
* secondary education (''enseignement secondaire'');
* tertiary or college education (''enseignement supérieur'')
Schooling in [[France]] is mandatory as of age 6, the first year of primary school. Many parents start sending their children earlier though, around age 3 as [[kindergarten]] classes (''maternelle'') are usually affiliated to a borough's (''commune'') primary school. Some even start earlier at age 2 in ''pré-maternelle'' or ''garderie'' class, which is essentially a [[daycare]] facility.
French secondary education is divided into two schools:
* the ''collège'' for the first four years directly following [[primary school]];
* the ''lycée'' for the next three years.
The completion of secondary studies leads to the ''baccalauréat''.
The ''[[baccalauréat]]'' (also known as ''bac'') is the end-of-''lycée'' diploma students sit for in order to enter [[university]], a ''[[Classe Préparatoire aux Grandes Écoles]]'', or professional life. The term ''baccalauréat'' refers to the diploma and the examinations themselves. It is comparable to [[United Kingdom|British]] [[Advanced Level (UK)|A-Levels]], [[USA|American]] [[SAT]]s, the [[Republic of Ireland|Irish]] [[Irish Leaving Certificate|Leaving Certificate]] and [[Germany|German]] [[Abitur]].
Most students sit for the ''baccalauréat général'' which is divided into 3 streams of study, called ''séries''. The ''série scientifique'' (S) is concerned with [[mathematics]] and [[natural sciences]], the ''série économique et sociale'' (ES) with [[economics]] and [[social sciences]], and the ''série littéraire'' (L) focuses on [[French language|French]] and [[language|foreign languages]] and [[philosophy]].
[[Image:Montpellier PetitBard Ecole.JPG|thumb|200px|One of the schools in France]]
''Tertiary education''
* ''Peculiarities''
A striking trait of higher education in France, compared to other countries such as the [[United States]], is the small size and multiplicity of establishments, each specialized in a more or less broad spectrum of disciplines. A middle-sized French city, such as [[Grenoble]] or [[Nancy, France|Nancy]], may have 2 or 3 universities (for instance: science / humanities), and also a number of engineering and other specialized higher education establishments. For instance, in [[Paris]] and suburbs, there are 13 universities, most of which are specialized on one area or the other, and a large number of smaller institutions.
* ''Grandes écoles'' & ''classes préparatoires'' (CPGE : Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles)
The ''[[Grandes écoles]]'' of [[France]] are higher education establishments outside the mainstream framework of the public [[university|universities]]. They are generally focused on a single subject area, such as [[engineering]], have a moderate size, and are often quite (sometimes extremely) selective in their admission of students. They are widely regarded as prestigious, and traditionally have produced most of France's scientists and [[corporate officer|executives]].
{{Main|Education in Germany}}
[[Image:Osterholzschule.jpg|thumb|200px|A school in Germany]]
Education in [[Germany]] is provided to a large extent by the government, with control coming from state level, ''([[States of Germany|Länder]])'' and funding coming from two levels: federal and state. Curricula, funding, teaching, and other policies are set through the respective state's [[Ministry (government department)|ministry]] of education. Decisions about the acknowledgment of private schools (the German equivalent to accreditation in the US) are also made by these ministries. However, public schools are automatically recognised, since these schools are supervised directly by the ministry of education bureaucracy.
Kindergartens are not part of the German public school system. (Although the first kindergarten in the world was opened in 1840 by [[Friedrich Fröbel|Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel]] in the German town of [[Bad Blankenburg]], and the term Kindergarten is even a [[loanword]] from the [[German language]]). Article 7 Paragraph 6 of the German constitution (the ''[[Grundgesetz]]'') abolished pre-school as part of the German school system. However, kindergartens exist all over Germany, where many of these institutions actually are public, but these kindergartens are often community-based and receive an income charging tuition fees and are likewise not considered to be part of the public school system.
[[Image:PIR Goethe-Schule (01) 2005-09.JPG|thumb|200px|School named after Goethe]]
A German public school does not charge tuition fees. The first stage of the German public school system is the ''Grundschule''. (Primary School - 1st to 4th grade or, in [[Berlin]] and [[Brandenburg]], 1st to 6th grade) After Grundschule (at 10 or 12 years of age), there are four secondary schooling options:
* ''[[Hauptschule]]'' (the least academic, much like a modernized Volksschule) until 9th or, in Berlin and [[North Rhine-Westphalia]] until 10th Grade. The students attending those type of school may be awarded the Hauptschulabschluss or in some cases also the [[Mittlere Reife]]
* ''[[Realschule]]'' (formerly Mittelschule) until 10th grade, usually awards the [[Mittlere Reife]]
* ''[[Gymnasium (school)|Gymnasium]]'' (high school) until 12th grade or 13th grade (with [[Abitur]] as exit exam, qualifying for admission to university).
* ''[[Gesamtschule]]'' (comprehensive school) with all the options of the three "tracks" above.
[[Image:LLGEing1994.jpg|thumb|200px|More modern school in Germany]]
A Gesamtschule largely corresponds to an American high school. However, it offers the same school leaving certificates as the other three types of German secondary schools - the Hauptschulabschluss (school leaving certificate of a Hauptschule after 9th Grade or in Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia after 10th Grade), the Realschulabschluss, also called [[Mittlere Reife]], (school leaving certificate of a Realschule after 10th Grade) and Abitur, also called Hochschulreife, after 13th or seldom after 12th Grade. Students who graduate from Hauptschule or Realschule continue their schooling at a vocational school until they have full job qualifications.
This type of German school, the ''Berufsschule'', is generally an upper-secondary public vocational school, controlled by the German federal government. It is part of Germany's [[dual education system]]. Students who graduate from a vocational school and students who graduate with good [[GPA]] from a Realschule can continue their schooling at another type of German public secondary school, the ''Fachoberschule'', a vocational high school. The school leaving exam of this type of school, the ''Fachhochschulreife'', enables the graduate to start studying at a [[Fachhochschule]] (polytechnic), and in [[Hesse]] also at a university within the state. The Abitur from a Gesamtschule or Gymnasium enables the graduate to start studying at a polytechnic or at a university in all states of Germany.
A number of schools for mature students exists. Schools such as the [[Abendrealschule]] serve students that are headed for the [[Mittlere Reife]]. Schools such as the [[Aufbaugymnasium]] or the [[Abendgymnasium]] prepare students for college and finish with the [[Abitur]]. Those schools are usually free of charge.
In Germany, most institutions of higher education are subsidized by German states and are therefore also referred to as ''staatliche Hochschulen.'' (public universities) In some German states, admission to public universities is still cheap, about two hundred Euro per semester, but most of the states introduced additional fees of 500 Euro per semester to achieve a better teaching-quality; however, most states (except Bavaria and Lower Saxony) have abolished tuition fees as of 2013. Additional fees for guest or graduate students are also charged by many universities.
{{Main|Education in Japan}}
===South Korea===
{{Main|Education in South Korea}}
In [[South Korea]], education in public schools (1-12) is compulsory with the exception of kindergarten. All aspects of public education is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education, which executes administration of schools, allocation of funding, certification of teachers and schools, curriculum development with standardized textbooks across the country.
In the year 2000, South Korea spent 4.2% of its GDP in education. As of 2007 UN Education Index, South Korea is ranked 8th in the world.
[[Image:Smjkchiomin.jpg|thumb|200px|[[Chio Min Secondary School]] (government-sponsored schools) in [[Kulim]], [[Kedah]], [[Malaysia]].]]
Education in [[Malaysia]] is overseen by two government ministries: the [[Ministry of Education (Malaysia)|Ministry of Education]] for matters up to the secondary level, and the [[Ministry of Higher Education (Malaysia)|Ministry of Higher Education]] for tertiary education. Although education is the responsibility of the federal government, each [[states of Malaysia|state]] has an Education Department to help coordinate educational matters in their respective states. The main legislation governing education is the Education Act of 1996.
Education may be obtained from [[Public school (government funded)|government-sponsored schools]], [[private school]]s, or through [[homeschooling]]. By law, [[primary education]] is [[compulsory education|compulsory]]. As in other Asian countries such as Singapore and China, [[Standardised testing|standardised tests]] are a common feature.
=== India ===
{{Main|Education in India}}
A system of public education called [[Gurukul]] existed in India since antiquity and continues to exist in some regions. During British rule, a number of state higher education establishments were set up (such as Universities in Madras, Calcutta and Bombay), but little was done by the British in terms of primary and secondary schooling. Other indigenous forms are being revived in various ways across India. According to current estimates, 80% of all schools are government schools<ref name="">[ ]{{dead link|date=July 2013}}</ref> making the government the major provider of education. However, because of poor quality of public education, 27% of Indian children are privately educated.
According to some research, private schools often provide superior results at a fraction of the unit cost of government schools.<ref name="creaking">{{cite news|url=|title=A special report on India: Creaking, groaning: Infrastructure is India’s biggest handicap|date=11 December 2008|publisher=The Economist}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=|title=The progress of school education in India|author=Geeta Gandhi Kingdon}}</ref> There are number of students in government, the teacher cannot give a specific period to a particular students. In private schools the number of students is few, the teacher can give specific period to a student. That is the reason that private school result is better than government school.
Education in India is provided by the public sector as well as the private sector, with control and funding coming from three levels: federal, state, and local. The Nalanda University was the oldest university-system of education in the world.[2] Western education became ingrained into Indian society with the establishment of the British Raj.
{{Main|Education in the Philippines}}
Public schools in the Philippines are run by the [[Department of Education (Philippines)|Department of Education]]. Some public schools collect miscellaneous school fees for the better utilization of school extra-curricular activities and/or for improving school equipment and services.
===Latin America===
{{Main|Education in Latin America}}
In some countries, such as [[Brazil]] and [[Mexico]], the term "public schools" (''escuelas públicas'' in [[Spanish language|Spanish]], ''escolas públicas'' in [[Portuguese language|Portuguese]]) is used for educational institutions owned by the federal, state, or city governments which do not charge tuition. Such schools exist in all levels of education, from the very beginning through post-secondary studies. Mexico has nine years of free and compulsory primary and secondary education.
{{Main|Education in Russia}}
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{{Main|Education in Scotland}}
The [[Church of Scotland]] was established in 1560, during the [[Protestant Reformation]] period as the official state religion in [[Scotland]], and in the following year it set out to provide a school in every [[parish]] controlled by the local kirk-session, with education to be provided free to the poor, and the expectation that church pressure would ensure that all children took part. In the year of 1633 the [[Parliament of Scotland]] introduced local taxation to fund this provision. Schooling was not free, but the tax support kept fees low, and the church and charity funded poorer students. This had considerable success, but by the late 18th century the physical extent of some parishes and population growth in others led to an increasing role for "adventure schools" funded from fees and for schools funded by religious charities, initially Protestant and later [[Roman Catholic]].
In 1872 education for all children aged 5 to 13 was made compulsory with "[[Public school (government funded)|public schools]]" (in the Scots meaning of schools for the general public) under local school boards. The leaving age was raised to 14 in 1883, and a Leaving Certificate Examination was introduced in 1888 to set national standards for secondary education. School fees were ended in 1890. The [[Scottish Education Department]] ran the system centrally, with [[local authority|local authorities]] running the schools with considerable autonomy. In 1999, following devolution from the [[Parliament of the United Kingdom]] to the new [[Scottish Parliament]], central organisation of education was taken over by departments of the [[Scottish Executive]], with running the schools coming under [[Subdivisions of Scotland|unitary authority districts]].
[[File:Mearns Street Public School pediment.jpg|thumb|right|[[Pediment]] above entrance showing name of Mearns Street Public School, built for [[Greenock]] Burgh School Board.]]
In Scotland, the term ''public school'', in official use since 1872, traditionally means "a state-controlled school run by the local burgh or county education authority, genenerally non-fee-paying and supported by contributions from local and national taxation".<ref>[ Scottish National Dictionary]</ref> Largely due to the earlier introduction of state-administered universal education in Scotland and opposed to the rest of the United Kingdom, the term became associated with state schools. The designation was incorporated into the name of many of these older publicly run institutions.
Children in Scottish state schools (or public schools) typically start [[primary school]], or attend a junior school, aged between four and a half and five and a half depending on when the child's birthday falls. Children born between March and August would start school at five years old and those born between September and February start school at age four-and-a-half. Pupils remain at primary school for seven years completing Primary One to Seven.
Then aged eleven or twelve, pupils start [[secondary school]] for a compulsory period of four years, with a final two years thereafter being optional. Pupils take [[Standard Grade]] examinations at the age of fifteen/sixteen, sometimes earlier, most often for up to eight subjects. These include compulsory exams in [[English language|English]], [[mathematics]], a [[foreign language]], a [[science]] subject and a social subject. It is now a requirement of the Scottish Government that all pupils have two hours of physical education a week. Each school may arrange these compulsory requirements in different combinations. The minimum school leaving age is generally sixteen, after completion of Standard Grade examinations. Pupils who continue their school education after the age of sixteen, may choose to study for [[Access exams|Access]], [[Intermediate exams|Intermediate]] or [[Higher Grade]] and [[Advanced Higher (Scottish)|Advanced Higher]] exams.
The [[Curriculum for Excellence]] was introduced to secondary schools in session 2012/2013. The assessment of pupils' attainment will change, with 'National' qualifications replacing most Standard Grade and Intermediate Grade qualifications.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Scotland's Curriculum For Excellence-An Introduction |date=16 August 2011 |publisher=BBC Scotland News |accessdate=27 January 2013}}</ref>
===South Africa===
{{Main|Education in South Africa}}
In [[South Africa]], a state school or government school refers to a school that is state-controlled. These are officially called public schools according to the South African Schools Act of 1996, but it is a term that is not used colloquially. The Act recognised two categories of schools: public and independent. Independent schools include all private schools and schools that are privately governed. Independent schools with low tuition fees are state-aided and receive a subsidy on a sliding-scale. Traditional private schools that charge high fees receive no state subsidy.
State schools are all state-owned, including section 21 schools (formerly referred to as Model C or semi-private schools) that have a governing body and a degree of budget autonomy, as these are still fully owned and accountable to the state.
{{Main|Education in Spain}}
===Sri Lanka===
Most of the schools in Sri Lanka are maintained by the government as a part of the free education. With the establishment of the provincial council system in the 1980s the central government handed control of most schools to local governments. However the old schools which had been around since the colonial times were retained by the central government, thus creating three types of government schools: National Schools, Provincial Schools, and Piriven.
National Schools come under the direct control of the Ministry of Education therefore have direct funding from the ministry. Provincial Schools consists of the vast majority of schools in Sri Lanka which are funded and controlled by the local governments. Piriven are monastic college (similar to a seminary) for the education of Buddhist priests. These have been the centers of secondary and higher education in ancient times for lay people as well. Today these are funded and maintained by the Ministry of Education.
{{Main|Education in Sweden}}
Swedish state schools are funded by tax money. This goes for both primary and secondary school (Swedish: ''grundskola''), high school (Swedish: ''gymnasium'') and universities. When studying at a university, however, you might have to pay for accommodation and literature. There are private schools as well who also receive funding from the government, but they may charge a fee from the parents.
Compulsory education starts at seven years of age, with an optional year in ''förskola'' (pre-school). The Swedish primary school is split into three parts; ''Lågstadiet'' – “the low stage”, which covers grades 1 to 3. This is where you learn the basics of the three main subjects – in Swedish called ''kärnämnen'' – Swedish, English and mathematics. It also includes some natural science. ''Mellanstadiet'' – “the middle stage”, which covers grades 4 to 6, introduces the children to more detailed subjects. Woodwork and needlework, social and domestic science, and even a second, foreign language in grade 6, a ''B-språk'' (B-language). The languages available are usually French, Spanish or German depending on the school. ''Högstadiet'', “the high stage”, is the last stage of the compulsory education, between grades 7 and 9. This is when studies get more in-depth and are taken to an international level. Grades 8 and 9 will also introduce marks to the children.
Swedish children take national exams at grades 5 and 9. Children at grade 5 take these exams in the main subjects – Swedish, English and mathematics – while the children at grade 9 take them in natural science and foreign languages as well. Sweden has three different marks: ''Godkänt'' (G) – “approved”, ''Väl godkänt'' (VG) – “well approved” and ''Mycket väl godkänt'' (MVG) – “very well approved”. When applying to ''gymnasium'' (high schools) or universities, a ''meritvärde'', “meritous point value”, is calculated. G is worth 10 points, VG 15 points and MVG 20. If a child doesn’t reach the goals in a subject, the mark ''icke godkänt'' (IG), which means “not approved”, is set. Children not being accepted in Swedish, English and mathematics will have to study at a special high school program called the “individual program”. Once they are accepted, they may apply to an ordinary high school program. Swedes study at high school for three years, between the ages of 16 and 18.
=== United Kingdom ===
In the [[United Kingdom]], the term "state school" refers to government-funded schools which provide education free of charge to pupils. The contrast to this are fee-paying schools, often called "[[Independent school (United Kingdom)|independent schools]]", "[[private school]]s" or "[[Public school (United Kingdom)|public schools]]".
In [[England]] and [[Wales]], the term "public school" is often used to refer to fee-paying schools. "Public" is used here in a somewhat archaic sense, meaning that they are open to anyone who can meet the fees, distinguished from religious schools which are open only to members of that religion. Some people call only the older fee-paying schools, "public schools" (for example, schools such as [[Eton College]] and [[Charterhouse School]]), while others use the term for any such school.
In [[Scotland]], where the educational system is completely different from the rest of UK, the term "public school" in [[Scottish English]] and [[Scots Language|Scots]] is only used to describe Scottish state funded schools (since they are publicly owned)&nbsp; &ndash; although, in the media preference is now being given to the term "state funded school" to avoid confusion with the English term. However, Scottish people will sometimes use the term "public school" when referring to a private school located in England. The Scottish term for the what is known in the rest of the UK as a "public school" is "private school" or "independent school". Use of "public school" to denote state funded schools within Scotland is sometimes confusing for speakers of English from other parts of the UK. The Scottish use of the term has found favour abroad, particularly in the [[United States]] and [[Canada]].
The [[National Curriculum (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)|National Curriculum]] is followed in all local authority maintained schools in England, [[Northern Ireland]] and Wales. State schools in Wales, including Welsh-medium schools, are controlled by the [[Welsh Government]]. [[Academy (English school)|Academies]], which are state schools, but not maintained by local authorities, have more freedom to adapt the National Curriculum{{Citation needed|date=July 2011}}. In Northern Ireland [[Secondary education|secondary-level]] schools are divided into [[Grammar schools in the United Kingdom|Grammar schools]], [[Secondary modern school|Secondary schools]] and Catholic-[[Voluntary aided school|maintained schools]], with an increasing number of [[Integrated Education|Integrated schools]]. There are also a small number of voluntary [[Irish language|Irish Language]] schools.<ref>[ BBC]</ref>
Throughout education in the UK, the vast majority of state-funded schools are under the control of local councils ([[Local Education Authority|Local Education Authorities]] in [[England and Wales]], [[Department of Education (Northern Ireland)|Department of Education]] in [[Northern Ireland]]), and are referred to in official literature as "maintained schools". The exceptions are a minority of secondary schools in England funded directly by central government, known as [[academy (English school)|academies]] and [[City Technology College]]s.
Some state schools, known as [[faith schools]], have formal links with religious organisations, and are permitted to promote a particular religious ethos and to use faith criteria in their admissions. Some maintained schools are partially funded by religious or other charitable bodies; these are known as [[voluntary controlled school]]s, [[voluntary aided school]]s or [[foundation school]]s.
The oldest state school in England is [[Beverley Grammar School]], which was founded in 700 AD.
The range of achievement in English state schools is enormous. See [[Education in England]].
===United States===
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{{Main|Education in the United States}}
In the United States, the term "state school" is colloquial for [[state university]], a college or university in a state university system. The term "public school" is used for primary and secondary schools which are funded and/or run by a governmental entity. The term "public school" is used in the United States to mean what other countries call "state school". "State school" is sometimes used in reference to [[state university|state universities]] but is almost never used in reference to primary and secondary schools. "Private school" generally refers to primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions that are not government-owned. Primary and secondary schools that are operated by a religious organization is commonly called "parochial schools."
The role of the United States government in education is limited and indirect. Direct regulation of education is a power reserved to the states under the [[Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution]] (because the Constitution does not explicitly or implicitly give the federal government authority to regulate education). However, any public or private school that accepts educational funding from the United States government, including participation in collegiate federal financial aid programs (such as [[Pell Grant]]s and [[Stafford Loan]]s, by accepting those funds or participating in the particular federal program, subjects itself to federal jurisdiction to the extent of that participation.
The [[United States Department of Education]] supervises the role of the federal government in education. Direct regulation of public, private and parochial schools in the United States is done by state and territorial governments (in Washington, DC, by the District Government). Broad regulation of public schools is typically accomplished through a [[state education agency|state board of education and a state department of education]]. There is usually a [[Superintendent (education)|state superintendent of schools]], who is appointed or elected to coordinate the state department of education, the state ''board'' of education, and the state legislature itself. Statewide education policies are disseminated to school "districts" or their equivalents. These are associated with counties, or with groups of counties; but their boundaries are not necessarily coterminous with county boundaries. These intermediate school districts encompass many local school districts. The local school districts operate with their own local boards, which oversee operations of the individual schools within their jurisdiction.
In most states, the county or regional "intermediate" school districts merely implement state education policy, and provide the channels through which a local district communicates with a state board of education, state superintendent and department of education. They do not establish county or regional policies of their own.
Local [[school district]]s are administered by local [[school board]]s, which operate public [[primary school|primary]] and [[secondary school]]s within their boundaries. Public schools are often funded by local taxpayers, and most school boards are elected. However, some states have adopted new funding models that are not dependent upon the local economy.
[[Image:Seattle - Seward School 01.jpg|thumb|The Seward School, [[Seattle, Washington]].]]
Public schools are provided mainly by local governments. Curricula, funding, teaching, and other policies are set through locally elected [[school board]]s by jurisdiction over [[school district]]s. The school districts are [[special-purpose district]]s authorized by provisions of state law. Generally, state governments can and do set minimum standards relating to almost all activities of primary and secondary schools, as well as funding and authorization to enact local school taxes to support the schools—primarily through real property taxes. The federal government funds aid to states and school districts that meet minimum federal standards. School accreditation decisions are made by voluntary regional associations. The first free public school in America was the [[Syms-Eaton Academy]] (1634) in [[Hampton, Virginia]], while the first tax-supported public school in America was in [[Dedham, Massachusetts]]. In the United States, 88% of students attend public schools, compared with 9% who attend [[parochial school]]s, 1% who attend private [[independent school]]s, and 2% who are [[home-schooled]].
Public school is normally split up into three stages: [[Elementary school|elementary]] school ([[kindergarten]] to 5th or 6th grade), [[middle school|middle]] ("intermediate" or [[junior high]] school) from 5th, 6th grade, or 7th grade to 8th or 9th grade, and [[high school]] (9th to 12th grade).
The middle school format is increasingly common, in which the elementary school contains kindergarten or 1st grade through 5th grade and the Middle School contains 6th through 8th grade. In addition, some elementary schools are splitting into two levels, sometimes in separate buildings: [[primary school]] (usually K-2) and intermediate (3-5).
The K-8th format is also an emerging popular concept, in which students may attend only two schools for all of their K-12 education. Many [[charter school]]s feature the K-8 format in which all primary grades are housed in one section of the school while the traditional junior high school aged students are housed in another section of the school. Some very small school districts, primarily in rural areas, still maintain a K-12 system in which all students are housed in a single school. A few 7-12 schools also exist.
In the [[United States]], institutions of [[higher education]] that are operated and subsidized by [[U.S. states]] are also referred to as "public." However, unlike public secondary schools, [[public university|public universities]] charge tuition, though these fees are usually much lower than those charged by [[private university|private universities]], particularly for students who meet in-state residency criteria. [[Community college]]s, [[state college]]s, and [[state university system|state universities]] are examples of public institutions of higher education. In particular, many state universities are regarded as among the best institutions of higher education in the U.S., though usually they are surpassed in ranking by certain private universities and colleges, such as those of the [[Ivy League]], which are often very expensive and extremely selective in the students they accept. In several states, the administrations of public universities are elected via the general electoral ballot.
==See also==
*[[Education Index]]
*[[Dropout Prevention Act]]
*[[Free education]]
*[[List of education articles by country]]
<references group="note"/>
*Heller, Frank: [ Lessons from Maine: Education Vouchers for Students since 1873], Cato Institute, Sep. 10, 2001.
*Thattai, Deeptha: [ A History of Public Education in the United States].
*Michael Pons, NEA: [ School Vouchers: The Emerging Track Record]
*Steve Suitts, Southern Education Foundation. "[ Crisis of a New Majority: Low-Income Students in the South's Public Schools]" ''Southern Spaces''. April 16, 2008.
*Li Yi. 2005. The Structure and Evolution of Chinese Social Stratification. University Press of America. ISBN 0-7618-3331-5
==External links==
* [ Explanatory article at the [[Good Schools Guide]]]
* [ Public Education Network]
* [ Center on Reinventing Public Education]
* [ The Story of American Public Education]
* [ Public Education in the United States]
* [ History of Public Education in the United States]
* [ Essay on public education paradigms on YouTube]
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