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Open Enrolment and Student Achievement

  • Friesen, Jane
  • Harris, Benjamin Cerf
  • Woodcock, Simon

We investigate the effects of public school open enrolment, which allows students to enroll in any public school with available space, on fourth grade test scores. We find a small, positive effect on the average student; this benefit appears to stem from increased competition among schools, rather than directly through expanded choice opportunities. Among students whose catchment school is locally top-ranked according to test scores, greater choice is of no direct benefit; however, students whose catchment school is locally lowest-ranked earn higher scores when they have access to better local schools. Students in both groups benefit from increased school competition.

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Paper provided by Vancouver School of Economics in its series CLSSRN working papers with number clsrn_admin-2013-46.

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Length: 50 pages
Date of creation: 27 Oct 2013
Date of revision: 22 Mar 2014
Handle: RePEc:ubc:clssrn:clsrn_admin-2013-46
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