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

Fay Baldry, Jenni Ingram, Andrea Pitt, Victoria Faith Elliott

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-24
Number of pages6
JournalInformal Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
EventBritish Society for Research into Learning Mathematics Day Conference - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Mar 2014 → …


  • achievement gap
  • disadv
  • performance tables

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