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ERIC Number: EJ1139244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3737
The Educational Benefits of Attending Higher Performing Schools: Evidence from Chicago High Schools
Allensworth, Elaine M.; Moore, Paul T.; Sartain, Lauren; de la Torre, Marisa
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v39 n2 p175-197 Jun 2017
Policymakers are implementing reforms with the assumption that students do better when attending high-achieving schools. In this article, we use longitudinal data from Chicago Public Schools to test that assumption. We find that the effects of attending a higher performing school depend on the school's performance level. At elite public schools with admission criteria, there are no academic benefits--test scores are not better, grades are lower-but students report better environments. In contrast, forgoing a very low-performing school for a nonselective school with high test scores and graduation rates improves a range of academic and nonacademic outcomes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A120136