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

Ou, Dongshu (2009) To leave or not to leave?: a regression discontinuity analysis of the impact of failing high school exit exam. CEE discussion papers, CEEDP0107. Centre for the Economics of Education, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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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.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information: © 2009 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
L Education > LA History of education
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for the Economics of Education (CEE)
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: CEEDP0107
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2010 11:02
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28278/

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