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Identification and estimation of bounds on school performance measures: a nonparametric analysis of a mixture model with verification

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  • Robert P. Sherman

    (California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA)

  • Jeff Dominitz

    (H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

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This paper identifies and nonparametrically estimates sharp bounds on school performance measures based on test scores that may not be valid for all students. A mixture model with verification is developed to handle this problem. This is a mixture model for data that can be partitioned into two sets, one of which (the so-called verified set) is more likely to be from the distribution of interest than the other. An administrative classification of each student as English proficient or limited English proficient determines these sets. An analysis of performance measures for some California public schools reveals how verification information and plausible monotonicity restrictions can bound the range of disagreement about school performance based on observed scores. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Robert P. Sherman & Jeff Dominitz, 2006. "Identification and estimation of bounds on school performance measures: a nonparametric analysis of a mixture model with verification," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 21(8), pages 1295-1326.
  • Handle: RePEc:jae:japmet:v:21:y:2006:i:8:p:1295-1326 DOI: 10.1002/jae.912
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    1. Molinari, Francesca, 2008. "Partial identification of probability distributions with misclassified data," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 144(1), pages 81-117, May.
    2. Erich Battistin & Michele De Nadai & Daniela Vuri, 2014. "Counting Rotten Apples: Student Achievement and Score Manipulation in Italian Elementary Schools," FBK-IRVAPP Working Papers 2014-05, Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (IRVAPP), Bruno Kessler Foundation.

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