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Classroom grade composition and pupil achievement

Edwin Leuven () and Marte Rønning

Discussion Papers from Statistics Norway, Research Department

Abstract: This paper exploits discontinuous grade mixing rules in Norwegian junior high schools to estimate how classroom grade composition affects pupil achievement. Pupils in mixed grade classrooms are found to outperform pupils in single grade classrooms. This finding is driven by pupils benefiting from sharing the classroom with more mature peers from higher grades. The presence of lower grade peers is detrimental for achievement. Pupils can therefore benefit from de-tracking by grade, but the effects depend crucially on how the classroom is balanced in terms of lower and higher grades. These results reconcile the contradictory findings in the literature.

Keywords: educational production; combination classes; class size; peer effects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-12
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Journal Article: Classroom Grade Composition and Pupil Achievement (2016) Downloads
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