Are Middle Schools Good for Student Academic Achievement? Evidence from Ontario
AbstractIn neighbourhoods with falling student populations, policymakers should place a priority on closing middle schools and, elsewhere, avoid opening new ones. In this report, the author shows that middle school attendance increases the chance that students will fail provincially administered achievement tests, compared to similar students who stay in the same school through Grade 8. The report concludes that in regions with falling student populations, policymakers should place a priority on closing middle schools and, elsewhere, avoid opening new ones.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by C.D. Howe Institute in its series e-briefs with number 141.
Length: 7 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2012
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Publication status: Published on the C.D. Howe Institute website, November 2012
Social Policy; Ontario; Canada; middle schools; elementary schools; provincial achievement tests;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
- H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2012-12-15 (All new papers)
- NEP-LAB-2012-12-15 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-URE-2012-12-15 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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- Elizabeth Dhuey, 2013. "Middle school or junior high? How gradelevel configurations affect academic achievement," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 46(2), pages 469-496, May.
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