Feeling the florida heat? How low-performing schools respond to voucher and accountabilitypressure

Cecilia Elena Rouse*, Jane Hannaway, Dan Goldhaber, David Figlio

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Abstract

While numerous studies have found that school accountability boosts test scores, it is uncertain whether estimated test score gains reflect genuine improvements or merely "gaming" behaviors. This paper brings to bear new evidence from a unique five-year, threeround survey conducted of a census of public elementary schools in Florida that is linked with detailed administrative data on student performance. We show that schools facing accountability pressure changed their instructional practices in meaningful ways, and that these responses can explain a portion of the test score gains associated with the Florida school accountability system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-281
Number of pages31
JournalAmerican Economic Journal: Economic Policy
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2013

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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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