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Does it pay to get an A? School resource allocations in response to accountability ratings

  • Craig, Steven G.
  • Imberman, Scott A.
  • Perdue, Adam

This paper examines public school district budgetary responses to school accountability ratings. We identify school district budgetary changes through a “rating shock” due to a major change in school accountability systems in Texas. Texas implemented a new accountability system and new exam, and allowed schools a “gap” year to adjust to the new test. Using the new Texas exam as an exogenous change, we find a 1.5% increase in instructional budgets, mainly for teachers, as a response to a drop in rating. This increase is found to disappear within 3years, suggesting temporary budget support to “learn” the new system but no long run institutional change.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Urban Economics.

Volume (Year): 73 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 30-42

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