ERIC Number: ED501991
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Information, School Choice, and Academic Achievement: Evidence from Two Experiments. NBER Working Paper No. 13623
Hastings, Justine S.; Weinstein, Jeffrey M.
National Bureau of Economic Research
We analyze two experiments that provided direct information on school test scores to lower-income families in a public school choice plan. We find that receiving information significantly increases the fraction of parents choosing higher-performing schools. Parents with high-scoring alternatives nearby were more likely to choose non-guaranteed schools with higher test scores. Using random variation from each experiment, we find evidence that attending a higher-scoring school increases student test scores. The results imply that school choice will most effectively increase academic achievement for disadvantaged students when parents have easy access to test score information and have good options to choose from.
Descriptors: School Choice, Academic Achievement, Scores, Experiments, Parent Attitudes, Low Income, Educational Quality, Program Effectiveness, Achievement Gains, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Testing, Access to Information, Educational Improvement
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.