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ERIC Number: EJ1118396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 43
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
A Vanishing Rural School Advantage? Changing Urban/Rural Student Achievement Differences in Latin America and the Caribbean
Luschei, Thomas F.; Fagioli, Loris P.
Comparative Education Review, v60 n4 p703-745 Nov 2016
In 1997, a cross-national assessment of educational achievement in Latin America and the Caribbean found that rural schools in Colombia outperformed urban schools in tests of reading and mathematics, except in very large cities. Given a long history of urban/rural inequality in the region, Colombia's rural school advantage attracted substantial attention. Yet by 2006, a follow-up to the 1997 assessment found that Colombia's rural school advantage had vanished. This study's objective is to determine whether, after adjusting for relevant background factors, Colombia's rural school advantage persisted in 2006. We find that rural schools in Colombia retained their advantage in a limited way: all else equal, rural schools in Colombia outperformed marginally urban schools in mathematics, when comparing each type of school to urban schools. Analysis of the 2006 data finds that rural schools in several countries outperformed urban schools in tests of math and reading, after adjusting for student background.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colombia
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