Panel: School Accountability and Standardized Testing

Friday, November 7, 2014: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Dona Ana (Convention Center)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Organizers:  Helena Skyt Nielsen, Aarhus University
Panel Chairs:  Daniel Kreisman, Georgia State University
Discussants:  Helen Ladd, Duke University

The Effects of Interim Assessments on Low-Achievers: Evidence from a Field Experiment
Spyros Konstantopoulos1, Shazia R. Miller2, Arie van der Ploeg2 and Wei Li1, (1)Michigan State University, (2)American Institutes for Research

School Accountability, Postsecondary Attainment and Earnings
Sarah Cohodes1, David Deming1, Christopher Jencks1 and Jennifer Jennings2, (1)Harvard University, (2)New York University

The Effect of Nationwide Testing on Student Achievement
Simon Calmar Andersen and Helena Skyt Nielsen, Aarhus University

School accountability policies are high on the political agenda in all western countries. All countries are under pressure to provide high quality education at all levels at a low cost. Some nations, states and school districts already have several decades of experience with various school accountability policies, while other nations primarily in Europe - have only just started introducing such policies. We study the impact of accountability policies in three vastly different educational environments: Texas public high schools, Florida schools and Danish public schools, where the policies were introduced at different points in time. We present evidence on the short-term impacts in Denmark, long-term impacts in Texas and on segregation and choice in Florida. Preliminary results indicate that the overall short-term benefits are positive even under low pressure, the overall long-term benefits are negligible, while the impact on pupil sorting results in increased segregation by education.
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