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ERIC Number: EJ824582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0149-7189
Shifting the Bell Curve: The Benefits and Costs of Raising Student Achievement
Yeh, Stuart S.
Evaluation and Program Planning, v32 n1 p74-82 Feb 2009
Benefit-cost analysis was conducted to estimate the increase in earnings, increased tax revenues, value of less crime, and reductions in welfare costs attributable to nationwide implementation of rapid assessment, a promising intervention for raising student achievement in math and reading. Results suggest that social benefits would exceed total social costs by a ratio of 28. Fiscal benefits to the federal government would exceed costs to the federal treasury by a ratio of 93. Social benefits would exceed costs to each state treasury by a ratio no lower than 286, and fiscal benefits would exceed costs to each state treasury by a ratio no lower than 5, for all but two state treasuries. Sensitivity analyses suggest that the findings are robust to a 5-fold change in the underlying parameters. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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