Journal article

The size, stability, and consistency of school effects: evidence from Victoria

Gary N Marks

School Effectiveness and School Improvement: an international journal of research, policy and practice | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2015


The bulk of public debate on education focuses on schools and school differences. Ideally, the characteristics of schools that add value to student performance can be identified and implemented for other schools. However, such scenarios assume that school effects are sizable, stable across cohorts, and consistent across subject areas. This study tests these assumptions by analysing school effects in both primary and secondary schools in 5 achievement domains with administrative data from almost all government school students in Victoria, Australia. Gross school effects are reasonably large but show only moderate stability. However, in net progress models which control for prior achievement, ..

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