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A natural experiment in school accountability: the impact of school performance information on pupil progress and sorting

  • Simon Burgess
  • Deborah Wilson
  • Jack Worth

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We test the hypothesis that the publication of school performance tables raises school effectiveness. Our data allow us to implement a classic difference-in-difference analysis comparing outcomes in England and Wales, before and after the abolition of the tables in Wales. We find significant and robust evidence that this reform markedly reduced school effectiveness in Wales. There is significant heterogeneity across schools: schools in the top quartile of the league tables show no effect. We also test whether the reform reduced school segregation in Wales, and find no systematic significant impact on either sorting by ability or by socioeconomic status.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK in its series The Centre for Market and Public Organisation with number 10/246.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2010
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Handle: RePEc:bri:cmpowp:10/246
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