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Piopiunik, Marc

The Effects of Early Tracking on Student Performance: Evidence from a School Reform in Bavaria

The Effects of Early Tracking on Student Performance: Evidence from a School Reform in Bavaria This paper evaluates a school reform in Bavaria that moved the timing of tracking in low- and middle-track schools from grade 6 to grade 4; students in high-track schools were not affected. To eliminate state specific and school-type-specific shocks, I estimate a triple-differences model using three PISA waves. The results indicate that the reform reduced the performance of 15-year-old students both in low- and middle-track schools. Further evidence suggests that the share of very low-performing students increased in low-track schools.

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Ifo Working Paper No. 153

Publisher: Ifo Institute, Munich, 2013

Keywords: Tracking, student performance, PISA

JEL Classification:
[I200] Education and Research Institutions: General
[I210] Analysis of Education
[I240] Education and Inequality

Article number: 12022013153000

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