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To leave or not to leave?: a regression discontinuity analysis of the impact of failing high school exit exam

By Dongshu Ou

Abstract

The high school exit exam (HSEE) is rapidly becoming a standardized assessment procedure for educational accountability in the United States. I use a unique state-specific dataset to identify the effect of failing the HSEE on the likelihood that a student drops out early based on a Regression Discontinuity design. It shows that students who barely fail the exam are more likely to exit than those who barely pass despite being offered retest opportunities. The discontinuity amounts to a large proportion of the dropout probability of barely-failers, particularly for minority and low-income students, suggesting that the potential benefit of raising educational standards might come at the cost of increasing inequalities in the educational system

Topics: HC Economic History and Conditions, LA History of education
Publisher: Centre for the Economics of Education, London School of Economics and Political Science
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:28278
Provided by: LSE Research Online

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