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ERIC Number: ED486012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
The Efficacy of Choice Threats within School Accountability Systems: Results from Legislatively Induced Experiments. PEPG 05-01
West, Martin R.; Peterson, Paul E.
Program on Education Policy and Governance
Stigma and school voucher threats under a revised 2002 Florida accountability law have positive impacts on student performance. Stigma and public school choice threats under the U.S. federal accountability law, No Child Left Behind, do not have similar effects in Florida. Significant impacts of stigma, when combined with the voucher threat, are observed on the test score performance of African Americans, those eligible for free lunch, and those with the lowest initial test scores. No significant impacts of the voucher threat on the performances of whites and Hispanics are detected. Estimations rely upon individual-level data and are based upon regression analyses that exploit artificial distinctions created by cliffs within the accountability regimes. (Contains 1 appendix & 12 tables.) [Financial support for this report also provided by the National Research and Development Center on School Choice, Competition, and Achievement.]
Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Taubman 304, Cambridge, MA 02138. Tel: 617-495-7976; Fax: 617-496-4428; e-mail:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: John M. Olin Foundation, Inc., Alton, IL.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Kennedy School of Government.
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A040043