Modelling the effect of pupil mobility on school differences in educational achievement

Authors
Goldstein, H., Burgess, S. and McConell, B.
Year
2007
Journal
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, 6:1, 23-42
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-985X.2007.00491.x
Abstract

The recently introduced national pupil database in England allows the tracking of every child through the compulsory phases of the state education system. The data from key stage 2 for three local education authorities are studied, following cohorts of pupils through their schooling. The mobility of pupils among schools is studied in detail by using multiple-membership multilevel models that include prior achievement and other predictors and the results are compared with traditional ‘value-added’ approaches that ignore pupil mobility. The analysis also includes a cross-classification of junior and infant schools attended. The results suggest that some existing conclusions about schooling effects may need to be revised.

Number of levels
3
Model data structure
Response types
Multivariate response model?
No
Longitudinal data?
Yes
Substantive discipline
Impact

Key paper showing how to take account of pupil mobility across schools when analysing school performance data. Important impact on school effectiveness research.

Paper submitted by
Harvey Goldstein, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, h.goldstein@bristol.ac.uk
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