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Multigrading and Child Achievement

Gian Paolo Barbetta (), Giuseppe Sorrenti () and Gilberto Turati ()

No def065, DISCE - Working Papers del Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE)

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-yearold 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 e ects; rural areas . (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I26 I28 R53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 55
Date: 2018-01
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