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The impact of streaming on attainment at age seven: evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study

Parsons, S; Hallam, S; (2014) The impact of streaming on attainment at age seven: evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study. Oxford Review of Education , 40 (5) pp. 567-589. 10.1080/03054985.2014.959911. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper investigates the relationship between stream placement and the academic progress made by children in England in Year 2 of primary school, drawing on data from the longitudinal Millennium Cohort Study (MCS). The MCS is a sample of 19,000 children born across the UK around the turn of the century and their families. Academic progress was compared between children in England in the ‘top’, ‘middle’ or ‘bottom’ streams, and among the majority of non-streamed children. Multiple regressions took into account child, family and school characteristics and showed that stream placement significantly impacted on the academic progress made by children. Children in the ‘top’ stream achieved more and made significantly more academic progress than children attending schools that did not stream, while children in the ‘middle’ or ‘bottom’ streams achieved less and made significantly less academic progress. The reasons for this and the educational implications are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: The impact of streaming on attainment at age seven: evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2014.959911
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2014.959911
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: streaming, primary school, millennium cohort, academic attainment
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10122731
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