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Incentives from Curriculum Tracking: Cross-national and UK Evidence

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  • Koerselman, Kristian

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    (Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University)

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Curriculum tracking creates incentives before its start, and we should expect scores in tested subjects to be higher at that point. I find evidence from both UK and international data for sizable incentive effects. Incentive effects are important from a methodological perspective because they lead to downward bias in value-added estimates of the later age effect of tracking on achievement. They also invalidate placebo tests that work by regressing pre-tracking scores on tracking policies.

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Paper provided by Swedish Institute for Social Research in its series Working Paper Series with number 3/2011.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 16 Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sofiwp:2011_003

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Keywords: incentives; curriculum tracking; ability streaming; high-stakes testing; student achievement;

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