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ERIC Number: EJ765898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 35
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0305-4985
Modelling Patterns of Improvement over Time: Value Added Trends in English Secondary School Performance across Ten Cohorts
Thomas, Sally; Peng, Wen Jung; Gray, John
Oxford Review of Education, v33 n3 p261-295 Jul 2007
This paper looks at underlying patterns of school effectiveness through analysing a GCSE examination data-set over a period of ten cohorts (1993-2002) in one very large English school district. Both value added and raw score approaches were explored by employing different statistical multilevel models to examine time trends of school and pupil performance from two perspectives: consistent (linear) and inconsistent (non-linear) school improvement. Overall, levels of measured attainment for the vast majority of the schools increased over the decade and the results indicate that one in four schools had significantly higher value added improvement trajectories (linear) than would be expected over the decade--in comparison to the average school. Those schools with a lower value added starting point in 1993 were more likely to make significant improvement. However, underlying these linear improvement trajectories it appears that only one in 16 schools managed to improve "continuously" for more than four years at some point over the decade in terms of value added. (Contains 2 figures, 6 tables and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)