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Policy Paper No. 89

The Value Added of Internationella Engelska Skolan

Policy Paper
Heller Sahlgren, Gabriel and Henrik Jordahl (2020). “The Value Added of Internationella Engelska Skolan”. IFN Policy Paper No. 89. Stockholm: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN).

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, Henrik Jordahl

This report is the first step in a research project with the intent to calculate the value added of as many schools as possible in Sweden. In the future, similar studies analysing other schools, both independent and municipal, will be conducted. The project is funded through the research program The Economics of the Service Sector as well as by schools participating in the project, including Internationella Engelska Skolan and Kunskapsskolan.​ 

The Swedish education system lacks rigorous measures of school quality. This is problematic since a well-functioning education market requires that parents make informed school choices. Appropriate performance metrics are also needed for accountability purposes and for ensuring that authorities and operators can identify and rectify problems.

This report presents the value added of Internationella Engelska Skolan. The value-added scores are based on year 9 national test performance in English, mathematics, and Swedish in the 2018/19 school year, and are computed at the student level using data from Statistics Sweden. 

Value-added scores measure the extent to which schools’ students perform better on national tests in year 9 than what is expected, given their test scores in year 6 as well as their background characteristics. The results suggest that Internationella Engelska Skolan has higher value-added scores than other Swedish schools on average.