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ERIC Number: ED530367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
The Impact of High School Choice on Mediators of Student Success
Corcoran, Sean P.; Nathanson, Lori; Kemple, James J.
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
This paper estimates the impact of attending a preferred high school on mediating factors of student success, including engagement, behavior, and attendance. For example, the authors ask whether students are more engaged with their school or have higher attendance when successfully matched to their first choice versus their second (or lower) choice. By focusing on the subset of incoming freshman who are assigned at random to their preferred school by the HSAPS mechanism (cases of oversubscription), they provide a plausibly causal estimate of the impact of attending a preferred school on these factors. In addition to estimating the average impact across all students, they explore heterogeneity in treatment effects across student populations of interest (e.g. economically disadvantaged, ELL, and low, middle, and high-achieving students). (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)