ERIC Number: ED442898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
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The Impact of Quasi-Markets and Performance Regulation on Socially Disadvantaged Schools. Working Paper.
Levacic, Rosalind; Woods, Philip A.
This paper investigated whether educational reforms in England and Wales since 1988 have differentially affected schools serving socially disadvantaged communities, focusing on the impact of marketization and performance regulation in England. Data came from the Impact of Competition on Secondary Schools (ICOSS) project, a longitudinal study of the impact of competition on over 300 secondary schools. Data collection occurred from 1993-98 and included an administrative database, a mailed survey of teachers, interviews with headteachers, and case studies of three schools. Results are presented according to: how social and academic polarization between schools changed since 1992 and why; whether improved academic performance at the school level was more difficult to achieve for schools with more socially disadvantaged students; whether marketization impacted schools with more socially disadvantaged students differently; and how student communities affected schools' improvement strategies and competitive responses. Results indicate that the proportion of socially disadvantaged students in a school community has had a negative impact on attracting resources and improving achievement, and the two factors are interrelated. Four appendixes present data on polarization, ICOSS survey responses on perceptions of competition, school budget adjustments, and additional multiple regressions. (Contains 37 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council, Lancaster (England).
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)