Inequalities in Secondary School Attendance in Germany

Schnepf, Sylke V. (2003) Inequalities in Secondary School Attendance in Germany. Southampton, UK, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, 33pp. (S3RI Applications and Policy Working Papers, A03/16).


[img] PDF
Download (367Kb)


In Germany, children are sorted into differently prestigious school types according to their ability at the end of primary schooling, normally at age 10. This early decision about children’s future schooling cannot be easily corrected. However, secondary school attendance has a huge impact on future career options, so that equality in pupils’ distribution to differential school types is important. This paper examines the impact of social and economic background on children’s school type if ability is held constant. The analysis is based on national data taken from two surveys of learning achievement, the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA). These data reveal that a large share of pupils in less prestigious school types would fit perfectly well in better school types given their measured ability. Children from rural areas, pupils from lower socio-economic backgrounds and boys in general have a significantly lower probability of being selected to the most academic school track even when their ability is similar to that of their urban and better socially placed counterparts.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
ePrint ID: 212
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
2003Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2004
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:07

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics