School Accountability, Postsecondary Attainment and Earnings

69 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2013 Last revised: 19 Aug 2021

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David Deming

Academic Dean, Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Sarah Cohodes

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

David James Deming

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Jennifer Jennings

New York University (NYU) - Department of Sociology

Christopher Jencks

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: September 2013

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 (TSP). 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.

Suggested Citation

Deming, David and Cohodes, Sarah and Deming, David James and Jennings, Jennifer and Jencks, Christopher, School Accountability, Postsecondary Attainment and Earnings (September 2013). NBER Working Paper No. w19444, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2328492

David Deming (Contact Author)

Academic Dean, Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Sarah Cohodes

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

David James Deming

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

Jennifer Jennings

New York University (NYU) - Department of Sociology ( email )

New York, NY 10012
United States

Christopher Jencks

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
617-495-0546 (Phone)
617-496-9053 (Fax)

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