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Carrot and Stick? Impact of a Low-Stakes School Accountability Program on Student Achievement

Seokjin Woo, Soohyung Lee and Kyunghee Kim ()
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Seokjin Woo: Myongji University
Kyunghee Kim: Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation

No 9458, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: A key concern in the design of education policies relates to the structure of incentives in accountability systems. This paper examines a school accountability program that provides financial support to low-performing schools but has no direct punishment scheme for recipients who do not exhibit improvement. Although the program does not include high-stakes consequences, our estimates indicate that the program reduced the share of underperforming students by 18 percent. This paper's results suggest that to improve student achievement, a school accountability program does not need to set high-stakes consequences that potentially induce unwanted strategic behaviors on the part of school workers.

Keywords: school accountability; student achievement; school performance; fuzzy regression discontinuity design (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C5 I2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 14 pages
Date: 2015-10
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