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British Columbia’s Best Schools: Where Teachers Make the Difference

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  • David Johnson

    (wilfrid Laurier University)

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This study compares student outcomes at British Columbia elementary schools where students come from similar socio-economic backgrounds, thus revealing "good" schools where principals, teachers and staff are making a positive difference to student performance. This alternative means of identifying the best schools in the province shows that there are both public and independent schools among the top performers. The resulting school ratings by percentile are useful not only to parents, but also to teachers, school board administrators and education officials who wish to identify schools whose practices deserve imitation.

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  • David Johnson, 2010. "British Columbia’s Best Schools: Where Teachers Make the Difference," e-briefs 100, C.D. Howe Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdh:ebrief:100
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    Keywords

    Education Papers; British Columbia elementary schools; socio-economic and education environments; Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA);

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • L33 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Comparison of Public and Private Enterprise and Nonprofit Institutions; Privatization; Contracting Out
    • H44 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Goods: Mixed Markets
    • 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

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