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School accountability, postsecondary attainment, and earnings

Author(s): Deming, David J.; Cohodes, Sarah; Jennings, Jennifer L.; Jencks, Christopher

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Abstract: We study the impact of accountability pressure in Texas public high schools in the 1990s on postsecondary attainment and earnings, using administrative data from the Texas Schools Project. Schools respond to the risk of being rated Low Performing by increasing student achievement on high-stakes exams. Years later, these students are more likely to have attended college and completed a four-year degree, and they have higher earnings at age 25. However, we find no overall impact of accountability pressure to achieve a higher rating, and large negative impacts on attainment and earnings for the lowest-scoring students. © 2016 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Publication Date: 1-Dec-2016
Citation: Deming, DJ, Cohodes, S, Jennings, J, Jencks, C. (2016). School accountability, postsecondary attainment, and earnings. Review of Economics and Statistics, 98 (5), 848 - 862. doi:10.1162/REST_a_00598
DOI: doi:10.1162/REST_a_00598
ISSN: 0034-6535
EISSN: 1530-9142
Pages: 848 - 862
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Review of Economics and Statistics
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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