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Educational Effects of Alternative Secondary School Tracking Regimes in Germany

Weber, Andrea (2006):
Educational Effects of Alternative Secondary School Tracking Regimes in Germany.
Darmstadt, In: Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics, [Online-Edition: http://econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/32080/1/521145872.PDF],
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Abstract

This paper examines educational outcomes of pupils selected to secondary school types by different tracking regimes in a German state: The traditional regime of streaming pupils after fourth grade of elementary school is compared to a regime in which pupils are selected into different secondary school tracks after sixth grade. Descriptive evidence demonstrates that the proportion of pupils reaching the highest level of secondary education is relatively small for those who attended later tracking schools. Additionally, the incidence of track modification is relatively frequent for schools with a high proportion of incoming pupils from the later tracking regime. However, less favorable educational outcomes of the later tracking schools are due to self-selection of relative low performers into these schools: The downward bias in estimating tracking regime effects is reduced considerably by controlling for a broad variety of socio-economic background characteristics. Corresponding regression results mainly indicate that there are no negative effects of later tracking on observed educational outcomes measured in the middle of secondary school. Regression analyses for different subgroups suggest that the reading performance of immigrant pupils is better under the later tracking regime compared to the early tracking system.

Item Type: Report
Erschienen: 2006
Creators: Weber, Andrea
Title: Educational Effects of Alternative Secondary School Tracking Regimes in Germany
Language: English
Abstract:

This paper examines educational outcomes of pupils selected to secondary school types by different tracking regimes in a German state: The traditional regime of streaming pupils after fourth grade of elementary school is compared to a regime in which pupils are selected into different secondary school tracks after sixth grade. Descriptive evidence demonstrates that the proportion of pupils reaching the highest level of secondary education is relatively small for those who attended later tracking schools. Additionally, the incidence of track modification is relatively frequent for schools with a high proportion of incoming pupils from the later tracking regime. However, less favorable educational outcomes of the later tracking schools are due to self-selection of relative low performers into these schools: The downward bias in estimating tracking regime effects is reduced considerably by controlling for a broad variety of socio-economic background characteristics. Corresponding regression results mainly indicate that there are no negative effects of later tracking on observed educational outcomes measured in the middle of secondary school. Regression analyses for different subgroups suggest that the reading performance of immigrant pupils is better under the later tracking regime compared to the early tracking system.

Series Name: Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics
Volume: 176
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Uncontrolled Keywords: education, segregation, streaming, tracking, identification, immigration
Divisions: 01 Department of Law and Economics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2009 10:20
Official URL: http://econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/32080/1/521145872.PDF
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JEL classification: I21, I28

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