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ERIC Number: ED530928
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 47
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-7530-2011-4
ISSN: ISSN-2045-6557
Are Schools Drifting Apart? Intake Stratification in English Secondary Schools. CEE DP 64
Gibbons, Stephen; Telhaj, Shqiponja
Centre for the Economics of Education (NJ1)
The issue of social segregation in schools has seen a recent resurgence of interest--in the US, UK and internationally--as the debate rages on about whether policies that expand families' freedom to choose amongst schools encourage divergence or convergence in the types of pupil different schools admit. Most attention has been focussed on segregation along lines of ethnic or social background. Yet, the real consideration that seems to be in the back of most people's minds is the issue of segregation or stratification of schools along lines of pupil ability. We look explicitly at this issue using data on the population of pupils entering Secondary school in England from 1996 to 2002. Our study does highlight wide disparities between peer-group ability in different schools. But we also find that, contrary to popular opinion, almost nothing has changed over these years in terms of the way pupils of different age-11 abilities are sorted into different Secondary schools. Appended are: (1) Construction of the smoothed inverse-cumulative distributions; (2) Table 6: Sample sizes in base year; (3) Table 7: Factor analysis of pupil test scores, London 1996; (4) Figure 3: Bootstrap 95% Confidence interval on inverse-cumulative distribution, London, 1995; (5) and Table 8: Cell sizes for school types in Table 4. (Contains 2 figures, 8 tables, and 17 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: London School of Economics & Political Science, Centre for the Economics of Education
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)