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ERIC Number: EJ972021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
Grade Level and Science Achievement: US Performance in Cross-National Perspective
Dalton, Benjamin
Comparative Education Review, v56 n1 p125-154 Feb 2012
This article examines how international differences in age-grade distributions and grade effects contribute to science scores among 27 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries. As shown in the 2006 Program for International Student Assessment, countries vary substantially in the grade distribution of 15-year-olds. The costs of being in a grade lower than one's 15-year-old peers are higher in some countries (e.g., Greece and Spain); conversely, the benefits of being in a higher grade are greater in others (e.g., Australia and Luxembourg). Although the United States has relatively greater percentages of 15-year-olds in higher grades, US 15-year-olds receive relatively fewer benefits from higher-grade membership. (Contains 3 figures, 4 tables, and 17 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Greece; Luxembourg; Spain; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment