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ERIC Number: ED562523
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
The Impact of School Improvement Grants on Achievement: Plans for a National Evaluation Using a Regression Discontinuity Design
Deke, John; Dragoset, Lisa
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
Does receipt of School Improvement Grants (SIG) funding to implement a school intervention model have an impact on outcomes for low-performing schools? This study answers this question using a regression discontinuity design (RDD) that exploits cutoff values on the continuous variables used to define SIG eligibility tiers, comparing outcomes in schools that just met the eligibility criteria to outcomes in schools that just missed the eligibility cutoff (while controlling for the variable used to determine tier assignment). The sample includes 1,100 low-performing schools in about 60 districts in 21 states and the District of Columbia (DC). Using student-level data, researchers assess whether SIG affected student mobility, and calculate "mobility-robust" impacts using students slated to attend study schools in the implementation year based on the school they attended the prior year. This approach yields impacts on student achievement that are not conflated with impacts on student mobility. For comparison, researchers also calculate "place-based" impacts using students who attended study schools in the implementation year. Education researchers can benefit from this large-scale RDD that tackles a host of methodological issues simultaneously (including multiple sites, multiple assignment variables, fuzziness, clustering of individuals within schools, and standard errors that take into account the bandwidth selection method). Findings and conclusions will be presented in a future Institute of Education Sciences (IES) report. Tables and exhibits are appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009
IES Funded: Yes