Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/114071
Authors: 
Gershenson, Seth
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9203
Abstract: 
The 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) increased accountability pressure in U.S. public schools by threatening to impose sanctions on Title-1 schools that failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in consecutive years. Difference-in-difference estimates of the effect of failing AYP in the first year of NCLB on teacher effort in the subsequent year suggest that on average, teacher absences in North Carolina fell by about 10% and the probability of being absent 15 or more times fell by about 20%. Reductions in teacher absences were driven by within-teacher increases in effort.
Subjects: 
performance standards
employee effort
teacher absences
accountability
NCLB
JEL: 
J45
J48
J22
I2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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