Assessment of the University Admissions Process in Spain: Some Factors
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Economic Working Paper 255
The context where the university admissions exams are performed is presented and the main concerns about these exams are outlined and discussed from a statistical point of view. The paper offers an illustration of the use of random coefficient models in the study of educational data. The association between two individual scores (one internal and the other external to the school) and the effect of the school in the external exam is analyzed by a regression model with random intercept and fixed slope. A variance component model for the analysis of the grading process is also presented. The paper ends with an outline of the main findings and the presentation of some specific proposals to improve and control the equity of the system. Some pedagogic reflections are also included.
JEL Classification: C89, I19
Date posted: May 5, 1998