Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58933
Authors: 
Schwerdt, Guido
West, Martin R.
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6208
Abstract: 
We use statewide administrative data from Florida to estimate the impact of attending public schools with different grade configurations on student achievement through grade 10. Based on an instrumental variable estimation strategy, we find that students moving from elementary to middle school suffer a sharp drop in student achievement in the transition year. These achievement drops persist through grade 10. We also find that middle school entry increases student absences and is associated with higher grade 10 dropout rates. Transitions to high school in grade nine cause a smaller one-time drop in achievement but do not alter students' performance trajectories.
Subjects: 
educational production
public schools
grade configuration
middle schools
high schools
JEL: 
H52
I21
I28
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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