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Multigrading and Child Achievement

Gian Paolo Barbetta, Giuseppe Sorrenti and Gilberto Turati ()

CHILD Working Papers Series from Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD) - CCA

Abstract: We exploit Italian law DPR 81/2009, which determines class composition, as an instrument to identify the causal e ect of grouping students of di erent grades into a single class (multigrading) on children cognitive achievement. This article focuses on 7-year old students|those at the beginning of their formal education. Results suggest that attendance in multigrade classes versus single-grade classes increases students' performance on standardized tests by 15{20 percent of a standard deviation. The positive impact of multigrading only appears for children sharing their class with peers from higher grades and is relatively stronger for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Keywords: Multigrade classes; child development; peer effects; rural areas (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 56 pages
Date: 2018
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