The dynamics of school attainment of England’s ethnic minorities

Deborah Wilson, S.M Burgess, A Briggs

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We exploit a universe dataset of state school students in England with linked test score records to document the evolution of attainment through school for different ethnic groups. The analysis yields a number of striking findings. First, we show that, controlling for personal characteristics, all minority groups make greater progress than White students over secondary schooling. Second, much of this improvement occurs in the high-stakes exams at the end of compulsory schooling. Third, we show that for most ethnic groups, this gain is pervasive, happening in almost all schools in which these students are found.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681 - 700
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2011


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