While numerous studies have found that school accountability
boosts test scores, it is uncertain whether estimated test score gains
reflect genuine improvements or merely â€œgamingâ€ behaviors. This
paper brings to bear new evidence from a unique five-year, three-round survey conducted of a census of public elementary schools in Florida that is linked with detailed administrative data on student performance. We show that schools facing accountability pressure changed their instructional practices in meaningful ways, and
that these responses can explain a portion of the test score gains
associated with the Florida school accountability system. (JEL H75,
Rouse, Cecilia Elena, Jane Hannaway, Dan Goldhaber, and David Figlio.
"Feeling the Florida Heat? How Low-Performing Schools Respond to Voucher and Accountability Pressure."
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy,
State and Local Government: Health; Education; Welfare; Public Pensions
Analysis of Education
Education: Government Policy