Student Success in First-Year University Physics and Mathematics Courses: Does the high-school attended make a difference?

desks_2From our friends in UBC dept of math:
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCE EDUCATION, 35 (17):2905-2927; 10.1080/09500693.2012.667168 NOV 1 2013

Science & Engineering Librarian, Eugene Barsky commented, “This paper considers school factors that contribute to a successful transition from high school to first-year university Physics courses at the University of British Columbia by employing a two-level hierarchical model. It is assumed that there is a relationship between student performance and the high school they graduated from. It is shown that school location and type affect student performance: students from public schools in the Metro Vancouver area perform better in first year compared to students from independent schools and schools in distant communities. The study also considers rankings of schools based on student performance in first-year university Physics and Calculus courses. These university-based rankings differ significantly (essentially in reverse order) from the well-known Fraser Institute rankings based on measures internal to high schools.”