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Why do state schoolers outperform private schoolers at university?

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    No. The Royal Grammar High Wycombe.

    You have to be careful taking the headline analysis at face value. There are several assumptions that I'm not sure are controlled for:

    1) The assumption that a given A level grade in one subject is equivalent to the same grade in another. We know this is not true: http://www.score-education.org/media...difficulty.pdf

    2) The assumption that different universities and courses are of equal difficulty. This is almost certainly not true.

    So, for example, if private schoolers were more likely to do easier A levels, but go to harder universities and do harder degrees, this could make them look like underachievers.

    Nevertheless, I think the suggestion that private schools give you an advantage that disappears when you leave it plausible. After all, parents are hoping for some advantage aren't they?

    Some universities use these data to justify contextual admissions i.e. easier requirement for those from state schools. Interestingly, the same data show that women tend to outperform men with the same A level grades, and that minority ethnic groups tend to underperform. But no-one is calling for pro-female or pro-white admission policies...
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