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Are Students Left Behind? The Distributional Effects of the No Child Left Behind Act

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  • John M. Krieg

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    (Department of Economics, Western Washington University)

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    The No Child Left Behind Act imposes sanctions on schools if the fraction of students demonstrating proficiency on a high-stakes test falls below a statewide pass rate. While the motivation behind this system is improved public school performance, it also provides incentives for schools to focus educational resources on the marginal student rather than those on the tails of the ability distribution. Using statewide, student-level panel data, students on the tails of the ability distribution, especially high-ability students, are demonstrated to score below expectations if their school is in danger from No Child Left Behind sanctions. © 2008 American Education Finance Association

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    Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Education Finance and Policy.

    Volume (Year): 3 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 250-281

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    Handle: RePEc:tpr:edfpol:v:3:y:2008:i:2:p:250-281

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    Keywords: No Child Left Behind Act; ability distribution; student performance;

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    1. Rajashri Chakrabarti, 2011. "Incentives and responses under No Child Left Behind: credible threats and the role of competition," Staff Reports 525, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
    2. Sims, David P., 2013. "Can failure succeed? Using racial subgroup rules to analyze the effect of school accountability failure on student performance," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 262-274.

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