Indiana University SPEA Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy University of Pennsylvania AIR American University

Panel Paper: The Effects of the New Orleans Post-Katrina Market-Based School Reforms on Student Achievement

Saturday, November 14, 2015 : 2:05 PM
Tuttle Center (Hyatt Regency Miami)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Matthew F. Larsen, Lafayette College and Douglas N. Harris, University of Wisconsin – Madison
The school reforms put in place in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina represent the most intensive test- and market-based school accountability system ever created in the United States. All the hallmarks of traditional school districts and Tiebout competition were ended, including eliminating attendance zones and turning over almost all public school management to outside non-profit organizations. This study provides the first rigorous examination of the effects of this package of reforms on student achievement. Identification will be based on a difference-in-difference (DD) and comparative interrupted times series analyses, comparing outcomes before and after the hurricane and reforms in New Orleans and a matched comparison group that experienced hurricane damage but not the school reforms.