ERIC Number: ED480165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Schooling Effects on Higher Education Achievement. Issues Paper.
Higher Education Funding Council for England, Bristol.
A study was conducted to determine whether the characteristics of an applicant's school or college can be used in an assessment of his or her potential in higher education. To reduce the complexity of the analysis of school performance effects, the study was restricted to 18-year-old college entrants A-level qualifications to degree courses in England in 1997-1998. These students were followed through to 2001-2002, and their higher education (HE) achievement was assessed by whether they had discontinued their studies or gained a qualification or degree. Findings show that A-level grades were the single most important factor in determining HE achievement, but other factors, like student gender, school characteristics, and university subject studies, were associated with HE achievement in a rather complicated way. The effect of school performance was inconsistent. Under certain conditions, students from poorly performing schools were likely to do less well in HE than similar students from better performing schools. Students from independent schools appear to do less well consistently than students from other schools and colleges; students from local education agency schools do better than students from independent schools. Additional research is necessary to determine if school characteristics are indeed predictors of student achievement. Three annexes contain supplemental information about HE achievement. (Contains 6 tables and 14 endnotes.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Private Schools, Public Schools, School Effectiveness
Higher Education Funding Council for England, Northavon House, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QD England. Tel: 0117-931-7317; Fax: 0117-931-7203; Web site: http://www.hefce.ac.uk. For full text: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2003/03_32/03_32.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Funding Council for England, Bristol.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)