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ERIC Number: ED530656
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 53
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISBN: ISBN-0-7530-2019-X
ISSN: ISSN-2045-6557
Faith Primary Schools: Better Schools or Better Pupils? CEE DP 72
Gibbons, Stephen; Silva, Olmo
Centre for the Economics of Education (NJ1)
We provide estimates of the effect of attending a Faith school on educational attainment progress during the Primary education phase in England. We argue that there are no credible instruments for Faith school attendance. Instead, we control for selection on religious schooling by tracking pupils over time and comparing attainments of students who exhibit different levels of commitment to religious education through their choice of Secondary school and residence. Our findings suggest that, once family preferences and selection into religious education are controlled for, Faith schools have only a very small effect on pupil educational progression in Primary school, this effect being between zero and under one-percentile on test scores at age 11, conditional on scores at age 7. Appended are: (1) Additional tables; and (2) Denominational differences. (Contains 14 tables and 20 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department for Education and Skills
Authoring Institution: London School of Economics & Political Science, Centre for the Economics of Education
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)