ERIC Number: ED342081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
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Effectiveness of High Schools in Australia: Holding Power and Achievement.
Ainley, John; Sheret, Michael
High schools in Australia are increasingly expected to be effective in holding students at school to year 12 as well as in promoting achievement. Analysis of quantitative data gathered as part of a longitudinal study of 22 New South Wales (Australia) schools shows that schools differ in their holding power as well as in the achievement levels of their students. Differences remain (although the magnitude is reduced) when allowance is made for student background and the outcomes of the earlier years of secondary school. Information about students' attitudes to school and qualitative information from these schools about curriculum and organization indicate the sources of some of the observed differences between schools. Key elements of the paper concern the measures of school holding power, achievement, attitudes to school, and student background. The methodology is detailed and data is presented in tabular and graphical forms. (17 references) (Author/RR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Australia (New South Wales)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, January 1992).