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Setting Achievement Targets for School Children

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  • Emmanuel Thanssoulis

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This paper develops an approach for setting performance targets for school children. At the centre of the approach is data envelopment analysis (DEA), which is used to identify benchmark puplis who achieve the best observed performance, after allowing for contextual factors. The achievements of these pupils form the basis of the targets estimated. The procedure developed also identifies benchmark pupils who would be especially suitable as role models for raising the attainment of each weaker pupil. The method can be used across a number of schools, within a school, or even a class, provided there are sufficient pupils. The method can be used to set targets on single or multiple outcome variables.

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  • Emmanuel Thanssoulis, 1999. "Setting Achievement Targets for School Children," Education Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(2), pages 101-119.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:7:y:1999:i:2:p:101-119
    DOI: 10.1080/09645299900000010
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    4. José Manuel Cordero Ferrera & Eva Crespo Cebada & Francisco Pedraja & Rosa Simancas Rodríguez, 2011. "El rendimiento educativo y sus determinantes según PISA: Una revisión de la literatura en España," Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación volume 6,in: Antonio Caparrós Ruiz (ed.), Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 6, edition 1, volume 6, chapter 2, pages 40-56 Asociación de Economía de la Educación.
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    6. Silva Portela, Maria Conceicao A. & Thanassoulis, Emmanuel, 2001. "Decomposing school and school-type efficiency," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 132(2), pages 357-373, July.
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