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The publication of school rankings: A step toward increased accountability?

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  • Nunes, Luis C.
  • Reis, Ana Balcão
  • Seabra, Carmo

This paper contributes to the discussion of the effects of the publication of school rankings based on students’ scores on national exams. We study the effectiveness of this (low-stakes) accountability mechanism. Our results suggest that the publication of rankings has clear effects upon families and schools in Portugal. After the rankings publication, fewer students enroll in schools that are rated poorly and the probability of closure of these schools increases. These effects are stronger for private schools.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics of Education Review.

Volume (Year): 49 (2015)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 15-23

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:49:y:2015:i:c:p:15-23
DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2015.07.008
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