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School Accountability, Postsecondary Attainment and Earnings

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  • David J. Deming
  • Sarah Cohodes
  • Jennifer Jennings
  • Christopher Jencks

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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 (TSP). We find that high 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 - and large declines in attainment and earnings for low-scoring students - of pressure to achieve a higher accountability rating.

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  1. Paul Burkander, 2013. "The Causal Effect of School Reform: Evidence from California's Quality Education Investment Act," 2013 Papers pbu326, Job Market Papers.
  2. Sarah Cohodes & Samuel Kleiner & Michael F. Lovenheim & Daniel Grossman, 2014. "The Effect of Child Health Insurance Access on Schooling: Evidence from Public Insurance Expansions," NBER Working Papers 20178, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. David J. Deming, 2014. "Using School Choice Lotteries to Test Measures of School Effectiveness," NBER Working Papers 19803, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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