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2004 Minority Education Reform and pupil performance in Latvia

Ivlevs, Artjoms; King, Roswitha M.


Tom Ivlevs
Associate Professor in Economics

Roswitha M. King


One quarter of all schoolchildren in Latvia go to the publicly funded minority (predominantly Russian) schools. In 2004, the language of instruction in minority schools was changed from essentially minority language to a composite of 60% Latvian and 40% minority. This paper studies the effects of this ‘60/40’ reform on the academic performance of pupils in minority schools. Using data on 2002-2011 centralised exam results for the universe of Latvia’s secondary schools, we find that there has been a significant deterioration in the exam performance of minority schools relative to that of majority schools after the reform year 2004. The negative effects were most pronounced in the early years following the reform.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2014
Journal Economics of Education Review
Print ISSN 0272-7757
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Pages 151-166
APA6 Citation Ivlevs, A., & King, R. M. (2014). 2004 Minority Education Reform and pupil performance in Latvia. Economics of Education Review, 38, 151-166.
Keywords bilingual education, Latvia, minorities, policy evaluation
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Additional Information Additional Information : Available online before print: 6th September, 2013