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dc.contributor.authorFertig, Michaelen_US
dc.description.abstractThe publication of the OECD report on the PISA 2000 study induced a public outcry in Germany. On average, German students participating in this standardized test performed considerably below the OECD average and substantially worse than those of other European countries, like Finland or Ireland. However, the results presented by the report consist mainlyof country averages which do not take into account any other covariates of individual student achievement. This paper provides a comprehensive econometric analysis of the association of the individual-level reading test scores of German students with individual and family background information and with characteristics of the school and class of the 15 to 16 year old respondents in Germany to the survey. The results of several quantile regression analyses demonstrate that many popular explanations, like too much regulation of schools or the substantial share of non-citizens among the participating students, are by no means supported by the data. Rather results point towards a considerable impact of schools aiming at a more homogenous body of students in terms of their educational achievement.en_US
dc.publisher|aInstitute for the Study of Labor (IZA) |cBonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aIZA Discussion paper series |x739en_US
dc.subject.keywordstudent achievementen_US
dc.subject.keywordschool qualityen_US
dc.subject.keywordquantile regressionen_US
dc.subject.stwAllgemeinbildende Schuleen_US
dc.titleWho's to Blame? The Determinants of German Students' Achievement in the PISA 2000 Studyen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US

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