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Technical Efficiency of Public Middle Schools in New York City

William Horrace (), Michah W. Rothbart () and Yi Yang ()
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Michah W. Rothbart: Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 426 Eggers Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244, https://www.maxwell.syr.edu/cpr_about.aspx?id=152471340525
Yi Yang: Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 426 Eggers Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244, https://www.maxwell.syr.edu/cpr/

No 235, Center for Policy Research Working Papers from Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Abstract: Using panel data and a “true” fixed effect stochastic frontier model, we estimate persistent and transient technical inefficiency in mathematics (Math) and English Language Arts (ELA) test score gains in NYC public middle schools from 2014 to 2016. We compare several measures of transient technical inefficiency and show that around 58% of NYC middle schools are efficient in Math gains, while 16% are efficient in ELA gains. Multivariate inference techniques are used to determine subsets of efficient schools, providing actionable decision rules to help policymakers target resources and incentives

Keywords: Education; Mode; Ranking and Selection; Stochastic Frontier (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D24 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 47 pages
Date: 2020-12
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