Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/170870
Authors: 
Hull, Marie C.
Duch, Katherine
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10886
Abstract: 
New technologies offer many promises to improve student learning, but efforts to bring them to the classroom often fail to produce improvements to student outcomes. A notable exception to this pattern is one-to-one laptop programs. While early evaluations of these programs have been encouraging, they are costly to implement, and no study has investigated the impact of a one-to-one technology program implemented on a large scale over a multiyear period. With administrative school data, this paper uses a differences-in-differences strategy to evaluate the impact of a one-to-one laptop program implemented in a midsize school district. We find that while short-term impacts of the program were modest, math scores improved by 0.15–0.17 standard deviations in the medium term (4–5 years post-implementation). We also investigate heterogeneity in impacts on test scores and the impact of the program on several measures of student behavior.
Subjects: 
technology
computers
education
achievement
test score
time use
JEL: 
I21
J24
O33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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