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    Good schools or good students? The importance of selectivity for school rankings

    Doris, Aedín and O’Neill, Donal and Sweetman, Olive (2022) Good schools or good students? The importance of selectivity for school rankings. Oxford Review of Education, 48 (6). pp. 804-826. ISSN 0305-4985

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    This paper uses a rich set of student background characteristics to estimate the value added of second-level schools in Ireland. We show that there is a considerable degree of reranking of schools when we move from analysing raw outcomes to value added; in many cases the best performing schools in raw terms are not the best in value-added terms. We show that, contrary to popular perception, fee-paying schools do not add higher value than other schools. A simulation exercise suggests that if parents chose the best value-added school from among the set of feasible schools, then this reallocation of students has the potential to increase academic achievement substantially.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: School value added; school choice;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Finance and Accounting
    Item ID: 17664
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    Depositing User: Olive Sweetman
    Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2023 10:09
    Journal or Publication Title: Oxford Review of Education
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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