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Author Chesters, Jenny, author.

Title Family and school effects on educational achievement across the school career / Jenny Chesters and Anne Daly.

Published Parkville, Victoria : Youth Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (Page 6)
Summary High performing and equitable education systems provide high quality learning environments to all students regardless of their family background and help alleviate disadvantage. This paper investigates outcomes in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), examining the associations between family background, level of advantage of the school attended, and academic performance. It uses education department data for 1,072 students who attended government schools and had NAPLAN test results for reading in Year 3 in 2008, Year 5 in 2010, Year 7 in 2012, and Year 9 in 2014. School advantage was measured by the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA), and parental education used as a proxy for family background. From a policy perspective, the findings highlight how narrowing the gap in levels of socio-educational advantage between schools could improve student outcomes. Having highly-educated parents was consistently associated with higher scores. However, the student population as a whole affected individual achievement too, with students with low-educated parents doing better if they attended schools predominantly populated by students with highly-educated parents and, vice versa, students with highly-educated parents doing worse at schools predominantly populated by students with low-educated parents.
Other formats Available in electronic format (PDF) via the Internet.
Other author Daly, Anne, author.
Australian Youth Research Centre, issuing body.
University of Melbourne. Graduate School of Education, issuing body.
Subject Students -- Australian Capital Territory -- Longitudinal studies.
Students -- Australian Capital Territory -- Social conditions -- Case studies.
Academic achievement -- Australian Capital Territory.
ISBN 9780734054586