Hidden variation in school performance tables: the difficulties in identifying mathematics departments that are effective for disadvantaged students

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JournalInformal Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
DatePublished - Mar 2014
Issue number1
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)19-24
Original languageEnglish


The achievement gap between disadvantaged students and others has received considerable attention from politicians and the press. School performance tables, which are used to rank schools, now include measures of this gap. Results from this study show that using alternative measures of the achievement gap would have a considerable impact on the position schools hold in these tables. Combining measures has allowed schools to be identified that are differentially effective for disadvantaged students in mathematics.

    Research areas

  • achievement gap, disadv, performance tables

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