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Ability Groupings Effects on Grades and the Attainment of Higher Education: A Natural Experiment
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, The Institute for Analytical Sociology, IAS. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Stockholm University, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: Sociology of education, ISSN 0038-0407, E-ISSN 1939-8573, Vol. 89, no 2, 118-136 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

To test the effect of ability grouping on grades and the attainment of higher education, this study examines a naturally occurring experimentan admission reform that dramatically increased ability sorting between schools in the municipality of Stockholm. Following six cohorts of students (N= 79,020) from the age of 16 to 26, I find a mean effect close to zero and small positive and negative differentiating effects on grades. With regard to the attainment of higher education, I find a mean effect close to zero, the achievement group gap was unaffected, the immigrant-native gap increased, and the class background gap decreased. These results are consistent with much previous research that has found small mean effects of ability grouping. They are inconsistent with previous research, however, in that I find ability groupings effects on gaps are rather small and point in different directions.

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Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 89, no 2, 118-136 p.
Keyword [en]
achievement sorting; educational attainment; grades; natural experiment; social class; migration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-127564DOI: 10.1177/0038040716642498ISI: 000373973300003OAI: diva2:926177

Funding Agencies|European Research Council under the European Union [324233]; Riksbankens Jubileumsfond [M12-0301:1]; Swedish Research Council [445-2013-7681, 340-2013 5460]; Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life, and Welfare [2011-0968]

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