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ERIC Number: EJ885368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1380-3611
A Cross-National Analysis of the Relations of School Choice and Effectiveness Differences between Private-Dependent and Public Schools
Dronkers, Jaap; Avram, Silvia
Educational Research and Evaluation, v16 n2 p151-175 Apr 2010
We apply propensity score matching to the estimation of differential school effectiveness between the publicly funded private sector and the public sector in a sample of 26 countries. This technique allows us to distinguish between school choice and school effectiveness processes and thus to account for selectivity issues involved in the comparison of the 2 sectors. Concerning school choice, we found 2 patterns: a choice of upwardly mobile parents for private schools and a preference for segregation by (lower) middle-class parents. As regards school effectiveness, our results indicate that, after controlling for selectivity, a substantial advantage in reading achievement remains among students in publicly funded private schools in 10 out of the 26 countries. (Contains 1 figure, 4 tables and 15 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Argentina
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment