EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

A natural experiment in school accountability: The impact of school performance information on pupil progress

Simon Burgess (), Deborah Wilson and Jack Worth

Journal of Public Economics, 2013, vol. 106, issue C, 57-67

Abstract: We test the hypothesis that the abolition of school performance tables negatively affects school effectiveness. Our data allow us to implement a classic difference-in-difference analysis comparing outcomes in England and Wales, before and after the abolition of the tables in Wales. We find significant and robust evidence that this reform markedly reduced school effectiveness in Wales relative to England. There is significant heterogeneity across schools: schools in the top quartile of the league tables show no effect. We also report that the reform had no systematic significant impact on either sorting by ability or by socioeconomic status.

Keywords: School accountability; School effectiveness; Performance tables (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (12) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0047272713001291
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:106:y:2013:i:c:p:57-67

Access Statistics for this article

Journal of Public Economics is currently edited by R. Boadway and J. Poterba

More articles in Journal of Public Economics from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Dana Niculescu ().

 
Page updated 2018-09-11
Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:106:y:2013:i:c:p:57-67