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Measuring the Effects of School Closures on Students

Matt Larsen, Postdoctoral Fellow with Era-New Orleans, and Whitney Ruble, PhD Candidate in Tulane Economics Program

Date & Time
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
12:00–1:00 pm
Tulane Medical School Building
1555 Poydras St., 7th Floor
New Orleans LA 70112 Map and directions

The decision to permanently close a school is one of the most controversial decisions in public education. With school closures becoming more common under policies of high-stakes accountability and school choice, it is important to understand how policymakers implement closure policies and how students are affected. This presentation will include two research perspectives on policies related to this controversial issue:

First, Matt Larsen will present results of a study using data from Milwaukee to measure the effects of high school closure on students. This analysis includes examination of student transitions after a school is shut down, short term effects of closures on academic outcomes, and long term effects on graduation and college access.

Next, Whitney Ruble will present research on policy interventions for low-performing schools in New Orleans, including school closure and takeover. This preliminary look at local policies will focus on the rules for closure and takeover in New Orleans, how policymakers decide which schools to target, and the implications for student outcomes.

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