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Does the district matter?

We’re all pretty sure that schools in some districts are better than those in other districts. There are resource differences and there are differences in who will be your kid’s companions. But it’s hard to prove that differences are due … Continue reading

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  1. @Tim_10_ber says:

    RT @MrPABruno: “My take is that parents who work to get their kids into better districts know what they’re doing.” http://t.co/1DX8OUPmwi

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Lotteries validate VAM

Value-added measures (VAM) are widely used by economists to evaluate policy prescriptions and are increasingly used to evaluate individual teachers. Objections to the use of VAM scores come in two kinds. The first objection is that test scores don’t measure … Continue reading

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We’re going to let you go to a better school

Does the chance to go to a better school matter? Sure it does. Authors Hastings, Neilson, and Zimmerman report on the effect of a school choice lottery in a large, low-income urban school district. Lottery winners got the chance to attend … Continue reading

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School quality matters

Several years back, Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools conducted a lottery for admission into good high schools. David J. Deming, Justine S. Hastings, Thomas J. Kane, and Douglas O. Staiger, have done a massive data job analysis connecting lottery results with educational outcomes and … Continue reading

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Better schools, less crime?

I swiped the title of today’s post from a David Deming research article by the same name. Here’s the scoop. Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC (the 20th largest U.S. school district) conducted a large scale school choice lottery. Lottery winners went to much … Continue reading

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