School accountability, postsecondary attainment, and earnings

David J. Deming, Sarah Cohodes, Jennifer Jennings, Christopher Jencks

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Abstract

We study the impact of accountability pressure in Texas public high schools in the 1990s on postsecondary attainment and earnings, using administrative data from the Texas Schools Project. Schools respond to the risk of being rated Low Performing by increasing student achievement on high-stakes exams. Years later, these students are more likely to have attended college and completed a four-year degree, and they have higher earnings at age 25. However, we find no overall impact of accountability pressure to achieve a higher rating, and large negative impacts on attainment and earnings for the lowest-scoring students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)848-862
Number of pages15
JournalReview of Economics and Statistics
Volume98
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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