The difference that school can make: school success in the municipality of Almada (4th and 6th year)
This project had the following research objectives: (i) to evaluate the evolution of the results obtained by the schools of the municipality of Almada, in relation to the students of the 4th and 6th year of schooling, over 5
years (from 2019/10 to 2014 / 15) in national tests (exams); (ii) to know the municipal schools that stand out for the potential they show in producing educational value, that is, which ones can, with socially similar school populations, get their students to obtain better results in the national tests and (iii) identify the organizational variables that will support this good performance of the schools in question. A multi-method methodology was used, combining an extensive approach with an intensive one. The first was based on the analysis of two databases provided by the General Directorate of Education and Science Statistics (DGEEC) for the academic years 2009/10 and 2014/15, the 4th and 6th year of schooling, and the second one based on four case studies (two comparative case studies, one per schooling cycle).