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Autonomous Schools and Strategic Pupil Exclusion

Stephen Machin () and Matteo Sandi ()
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Matteo Sandi: London School of Economics

No 11478, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper studies whether pupil performance gains in autonomous schools in England can be attributed to the strategic exclusion of poorly performing pupils. In England there were two phases of academy school introduction, the first in the 2000s being a school improvement programme for poorly per-forming schools, the second a mass academisation programme from 2010 for better-performing schools. Overall, exclusion rates are higher in academies, with the earlier programme featuring a much higher increase in the exclusion rates. However, rather than a means of test score manipulation, the higher exclusion rate reflects the rigorous discipline enforced by the pre-2010 academies.

Keywords: academies; discipline; exclusion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 I21 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-04
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Forthcoming in Economic Journal, 2019

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