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Raising school performance in the league tables (Part 1): disentangling the effects of social disadvantage

Levacic, Rosalind and Woods, Philip A. (2002). Raising school performance in the league tables (Part 1): disentangling the effects of social disadvantage. British Educational Research Journal, 28(2) 207 -226.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01411920120122158
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Abstract

The article uses data from a longitudinal study of over 300 secondary schools to investigate differences in the rate at which schools improved General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examination results over the period 1991-98 and the reasons for such differences. Two variables found to have the most impact on examination improvement were a low concentration of social disadvantage relative to other local schools and starting from a low base level of GCSE results. Furthermore, schools with high concentrations of social disadvantage were liable to suffer a dual handicap as their relative social disadvantage tended to worsen over time. Schools with better examination improvement slightly increased their budget share per pupil over the period studied while those performing least well experienced a reduction in budget share per pupil.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1469-3518
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 1108
Depositing User: Users 12 not found.
Date Deposited: 24 May 2006
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2014 13:49
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/1108
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