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A Simple Approach for Identifying Underperforming Schools

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  • Moore, Winston
  • Iyare, Osaretin

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This paper outlines a purely statistical approach for evaluating school performance within a district. Three performance criteria are detailed: absolute performance, relative performance and conditional performance. The criteria are applied to the Barbadian secondary school system. The study finds that when the three criteria are used in conjunction they can identify schools that are consistently good or poor performers. In the case of Barbados, there was a general improvement in secondary school performance over the period, with no single school appearing consistently on the list of underperformers.

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  • Moore, Winston & Iyare, Osaretin, 2007. "A Simple Approach for Identifying Underperforming Schools," MPRA Paper 21471, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:21471
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    Keywords

    Performance; Secondary Schools; Statistical Approach;

    JEL classification:

    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education

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