tutorial: Exam results for six inner London Education Authorities

Description Format Details Source See Also Examples

Description

A subset of data from a much larger dataset of examination results from six inner London Education Authorities (school boards).

Format

A data frame with 4059 observations on the following 10 variables:

school

Numeric school identifier.

student

Numeric student identifier.

normexam

Students' exam score at age 16, normalised to have approximately a standard Normal distribution.

cons

A column of ones. If included as an explanatory variable in a regression model (e.g. in MLwiN), its coefficient is the intercept.

standlrt

Students' score at age 11 on the London Reading Test (LRT), standardised using Z-scores.

sex

Sex of pupil; a factor with levels boy, girl.

schgend

Schools' gender; a factor with levels corresponding to mixed school (mixedsch), boys' school (boysch), and girls' school (girlsch).

avslrt

Average LRT score in school.

schav

Average LRT score in school, coded into 3 categories: low = bottom 25%, mid = middle 50%, high = top 25%.

vrband

Students' score in test of verbal reasoning at age 11, a factor with 3 levels: vb1 = top 25%, vb2 = middle 50%, vb3 = bottom 25%.

Details

The tutorial dataset is one of the sample datasets provided with the multilevel-modelling software package MLwiN (Rasbash et al., 2009), and is a subset of data from a much larger dataset of examination results from six inner London Education Authorities (school boards). The original analysis (Goldstein et al., 1993) sought to establish whether some secondary schools had better student exam performance at 16 than others, after taking account of variations in the characteristics of students when they started secondary school; i.e., the analysis investigated the extent to which schools ‘added value’ (with regard to exam performance), and then examined what factors might be associated with any such differences. See also Rasbash et al. (2012) and Browne (2012).

Source

Browne, W. J. (2012) MCMC Estimation in MLwiN Version 2.26. University of Bristol: Centre for Multilevel Modelling.

Goldstein, H., Rasbash, J., Yang, M., Woodhouse, G., Pan, H., Nuttall, D., Thomas, S. (1993) A multilevel analysis of school examination results. Oxford Review of Education, 19, 425–433.

Rasbash, J., Charlton, C., Browne, W.J., Healy, M. and Cameron, B. (2009) MLwiN Version 2.1. Centre for Multilevel Modelling, University of Bristol.

Rasbash, J., Steele, F., Browne, W.J. and Goldstein, H. (2012) A User's Guide to MLwiN Version 2.26. Centre for Multilevel Modelling, University of Bristol.

See Also

See mlmRev package for an alternative format of the same dataset.

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data(tutorial, package = "R2MLwiN")

# Fit 2-level variance components model, using IGLS (default estimation method)
(VarCompModel <- runMLwiN(normexam ~ 1 + (1 | school) + (1 | student), data = tutorial))

# print variance partition coefficient (VPC)
print(VPC <- coef(VarCompModel)[["RP2_var_Intercept"]] /
             (coef(VarCompModel)[["RP1_var_Intercept"]] +
             coef(VarCompModel)[["RP2_var_Intercept"]]))

# Fit same model using MCMC
(VarCompMCMC <- runMLwiN(normexam ~ 1 + (1 | school) + (1 | student),
 estoptions = list(EstM = 1), data = tutorial))

# return diagnostics for VPC
VPC_MCMC <- VarCompMCMC@chains[,"RP2_var_Intercept"] /
            (VarCompMCMC@chains[,"RP1_var_Intercept"] +
            VarCompMCMC@chains[,"RP2_var_Intercept"])
sixway(VPC_MCMC, name = "VPC")

# Adding predictor, allowing its coefficient to vary across groups (i.e. random slopes)
(standlrtRS_MCMC <- runMLwiN(normexam ~ 1 + standlrt + (1 + standlrt | school) + (1 | student),
 estoptions = list(EstM = 1), data = tutorial))

# Example modelling complex level 1 variance
# fit log of precision at level 1 as a function of predictors
(standlrtC1V_MCMC <- runMLwiN(normexam ~ 
  1 + standlrt + (school | 1 + standlrt) + (1 + standlrt | student),
  estoptions = list(EstM = 1, mcmcMeth = list(lclo = 1)),
  data = tutorial))


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