American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 5 No. 4 (October 2013)

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Getting beneath the Veil of Effective Schools: Evidence from New York City

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Dobbie, Will, and Roland G. Fryer Jr. 2013. "Getting beneath the Veil of Effective Schools: Evidence from New York City." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 5(4): 28-60.

DOI: 10.1257/app.5.4.28

Abstract

In this paper, we collect data on the inner-workings of 39 charter schools and correlate these data with school effectiveness. We find that traditionally collected input measures -- class size, per-pupil expenditure, teacher certification, and teacher training -- are not correlated with school effectiveness. In stark contrast, we show that an index of five policies suggested by qualitative research -- frequent teacher feedback, the use of data to guide instruction, high-dosage tutoring, increased instructional time, and high expectations -- explains approximately 45 percent of the variation in school effectiveness. The same index provides similar results in a separate sample of charter schools.

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Dobbie, Will (Princeton U)
Fryer, Roland G. Jr. (Harvard University)

JEL Classifications

H75: State and Local Government: Health; Education; Welfare; Public Pensions
I21: Analysis of Education
I28: Education: Government Policy

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