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School rankings and student demographics : an investigation into the Fraser Institute School Reports

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Title: School rankings and student demographics : an investigation into the Fraser Institute School Reports
Author: Clothier, Tamara
Subject Keywords school performance;parental income;English as a second language;public education
Issue Date: 2011-07-05
Series/Report no. Explorations and Education Conference, held at the University of British Columbia, 1 April 2011
Abstract: Each year the Fraser Institute produces a report card on British Columbia’s elementary Schools, which includes an individual school rating allowing the public to compare schools’ performance. These figures receive a lot of publicity from the local media; however, there validity as an indicator of school performance is debatable. The ratings often favour affluent, private schools with low English as a second language (ESL) student proportions. This research examines the impact of average parental income and ESL student proportions on the Fraser Institute’s elementary school ratings. A two-way analysis of variance was performed comparing the effect of income and ESL on school ratings. Results indicate statistically significant differences in school ratings between high and low ESL and income groups.
Affiliation: Education, Faculty ofEducational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, Department of (ECPS)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/35882
Peer Review Status: Unreviewed
Scholarly Level: Graduate

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