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ERIC Number: EJ784224
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1082-4669
Weaknesses in Underperforming Schools
van de Grift, Wim; Houtveen, Thoni
Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, v12 n4 p383-403 Dec 2007
In some Dutch elementary schools, the average performance of students over several years is significantly below the level that could be expected of them. This phenomenon is known as "underperformance." The most important identifiable weaknesses that go along with this phenomenon are that (a) learning material offered at school is insufficient to achieve core targets, (b) insufficient time is allowed for reaching the minimum objectives of the curriculum, (c) instructional quality is poor, (d) insight into students' performance levels is insufficient, (e) insufficient or inappropriate special measures are taken for struggling learners, and (f) the school is experiencing prolonged dysfunctional organization. In most schools with underperformance problems, these weaknesses do not appear singly, but in combination with other factors. In underperforming schools, one also finds more instability in the school's leadership team; high mobility and frequent fluctuations in enrolment and staffing; and high percentages of children at risk due to multiple risk factors, including student learning ability, poverty, ethnic minority status, first language, and other factors. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands