DP3776 The Impact of School Inputs on Student Performance: An Empirical Study of Private Schools in the UK
|Author(s):||Kathryn Graddy, Margaret Stevens|
|Publication Date:||February 2003|
|Keyword(s):||exam performance, private schools, school resources, teacher-pupil ratio|
|Programme Areas:||Labour Economics|
|Link to this Page:||www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=3776|
In this article, we report the results of an empirical study of the impact of school inputs on pupils’ performance in private (independent) schools in the United Kingdom. We use a new school-level panel dataset constructed from information provided by the Independent Schools Information Service (ISIS). We show a consistent negative relationship between the pupil-teacher ratio at a school and the average examination results at that school. Our estimates indicate that the relationship persists even when we are estimating ‘added-value’ models conditional on previous exam results. The results are noteworthy in comparison with studies for the state sector, relatively few of which have found a consistent and significant effect.