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Improving pupil performance in English secondary schools: excellence in cities

Machin, Stephen, McNally, Sandra and Meghir, Costas (2004) Improving pupil performance in English secondary schools: excellence in cities. Journal of the European Economic Association, 2 (2-3). pp. 396-405. ISSN 1542-4774

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Identification Number: 10.1162/154247604323068087


This paper reports on the short run impact of one of the U.K. government’s flagship education policies, the Excellence in Cities (EiC) program. EiC is aimed specifically at alleviating poor student achievement in inner city areas. The analysis compares educational attainment in Maths and English for Year 9 (age 14) students before and after EiC introduction in EiC schools as compared to non-EiC schools. School-level absences in treatment and control schools are also compared. The results show a positive, though small, improvement in pupil attainment and a strong reduction in absences within EiC schools relative to schools in the comparison group. We interpret the findings as evidence that policies like EiC can impact positively on pupil attainment and attendance.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2004 European Economic Association
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I21 - Analysis of Education
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C5 - Econometric Modeling > C52 - Model Evaluation and Selection
H - Public Economics > H5 - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies > H52 - Government Expenditures and Education
Date Deposited: 21 May 2008 16:27
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 03:03

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