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The impact of school academic quality on low socioeconomic status students



Research report no.63
Title:The impact of school academic quality on low socioeconomic status students
Authors:Patrick Lim, Sinan Gemici, Tom Karmel
Publication date: 20 August 2013
ISBN:978 1 922056 61 0

The authors of this paper explore whether low socioeconomic status (SES) students benefit to a greater or lesser extent from attending high-quality schools when compared with their more advantaged peers. They find that academic school quality is even more important for students from low-SES backgrounds in terms of Year 12 completion. The differential impact for low-SES students also holds for tertiary entrance rank (TER) and the probability of going to university. 

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