Tinkering toward accolades: School gaming under a performance accountability system
AbstractWe explore the extent to which schools manipulate the composition of students in the test-taking pool in order to maximize ratings under Texas' accountability system in the 1990s. We first derive predictions from a static model of administrators' incentives given the structure of the ratings criteria, and then test these predictions by comparing differential changes in exemption rates across student subgroups within campuses and across campuses and regimes. Our analyses uncover evidence of a moderate degree of strategic behavior, so that there is some tension between designing systems that account for heterogeneity in student populations and that are manipulation-free.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Barnard College, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0601.
Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: May 2006
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school accountability; performance standard; caseload manipulation;
Other versions of this item:
- Julie Berry Cullen & Randall Reback, 2006. "Tinkering Toward Accolades: School Gaming Under a Performance Accountability System," NBER Working Papers 12286, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
- H39 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Other
- I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2006-06-10 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2006-06-10 (Education)
- NEP-PBE-2006-06-10 (Public Economics)
- NEP-URE-2006-06-10 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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