Decomposing school and school-type efficiency

Maria Conceição A. Silva Portela*, Emmanuel Thanassoulis

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This paper puts forward a Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) approach to decomposing a pupil's under-attainment at school. Under-attainment is attributed to the pupil, the school and the type of funding regime under which the school operates. A pupil-level analysis is used firstly on a within school and secondly on a between school basis, grouping schools by type such as state-funded, independent and so on. Overall measures of each pupil's efficiency are thus disentangled into pupil, school and school-type efficiencies. This approach provides schools with a set of efficiency measures, each one conveying different information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-373
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2001


  • Data envelopment analysis
  • Decomposition of efficiency
  • Education
  • Performance measurement
  • Pupil efficiency
  • School efficiency


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