A natural experiment in school accountability: the impact of school performance information on pupil progress and sorting

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Abstract

We test the hypothesis that the publication of school performance tables raises school effectiveness. Our data allow us to implement a classic difference-in-difference analysis comparing outcomes in England and Wales, before and after the abolition of the tables in Wales. We find significant and robust evidence that this reform markedly reduced school effectiveness in Wales. There is significant heterogeneity across schools: schools in the top quartile of the league tables show no effect. We also test whether the reform reduced school segregation in Wales, and find no systematic significant impact on either sorting by ability or by socioeconomic status.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Bristol, CMPO
Pages0-45
Number of pages46
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

Publication series

NameCMPO Working Paper Series
PublisherCMPO
No.10/246

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