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ERIC Number: EJ1054943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2324-805X
Early Enrollees and Peer Age Effect: First Evidence from INVALSI Data
Ordine, Patrizia; Rose, Giuseppe; Sposato, Daniela
Journal of Education and Training Studies, v3 n2 p70-82 Mar 2015
This paper estimates peer age effect on educational outcomes of Italian pupils attending primary school by exploiting changes in enrollment rules over the last few years. The empirical procedure allows to understand if there is selection in classroom formation, arguing that in the absence of pupils sorting by early age at school entry, it is possible to estimate the "true" peer age effect. Results suggest that the proportion of youngest students "in advance" in the classroom has a positive impact on child's achievements measured by Normalized and Rasch test scores both in Reading and Mathematics. Additional empirical evidence shows that the effect on individual scores of sharing the classroom with pupils "in advance" differs by students' age group and it is higher for youngest pupils. Findings do not seem to be invalidated by "cheating" phenomena that may occur during the implementation and evaluation of tests.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy
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