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ERIC Number: EJ1077335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-5984
Evaluating the Impact of National Educational Policy to Reduce Retention and Increase Achievement in Compulsory Education
Barata, M. Clara; Calheiros, M. Manuela; Patrício, Joana Nunes; Graça, João; Lima, M. Luisa
Elementary School Journal, v116 n1 p149-171 Sep 2015
Despite the accumulated evidence that retention is an ineffective and potentially harmful remedial strategy, several countries struggle with high levels of retention in compulsory schooling. This article provides evidence of the impact of the Portuguese national educational policy "Programa Mais Sucesso Escolar" (PMSE) using class size, class composition, and differentiated instruction to reduce student retention and increase achievement. We found that PMSE significantly reduced retention, but had mixed effects on educational achievement, pointing to evidence of grade inflation on teacher-determined measures of achievement. In the discussion, we analyze the implications of these results for policy, practice, and program evaluation research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Portugal