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The impact of upper-secondary voucher school attendance on student achievement - Swedish evidence using external and internal evaluations

Björn Tyrefors and Jonas Vlachos ()

No 2016:9, Working Paper Series from IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

Abstract: Sweden has a school voucher system with universal coverage and full acceptance of corporate providers. Using a value added approach, we find that students at upper-secondary voucher schools on average score 0.06 standard deviations lower on externally graded standardized tests in first year core courses. The negative impact is larger among lower achieving students (but not among immigrant students), the same students who are most prone to attend voucher schools. For high achieving students, the voucher school impact is around zero. Comparing internal and external evaluations of the same standardized tests, we find that voucher schools are 0.14 standard deviations more generous than municipal schools in their internal test grading. The greater leniency in test grading is relatively uniform across different groups, but more pronounced among students at academic than vocational programs. The findings are consistent with voucher schools responding more to differences in educational preferences than municipal schools.

Keywords: voucher schools; student achievement; granding standards (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H40 I21 I22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-edu and nep-ure
Date: 2016-05-30
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Forthcoming as Tyrefors Hinnerich, Björn and Jonas Vlachos, 'The impact of upper-secondary voucher school attendance on student achievement - Swedish evidence using external and internal evaluations' in Labour Economics, 2017.

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