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School Finance Reform and the Distribution of Student Achievement

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This working paper studies the impacts of post-1990 school finance reforms on gaps in spending and achievement between high-income and low-income school districts. The working paper finds reform events–court orders and legislative reforms–led to sharp, immediate, and sustained increases in absolute and relative spending in low-income school districts. Using representative samples from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the paper also finds reforms caused gradual increases in the relative achievement of students in low-income school districts.

A policy brief about this work can be found at http://irle.berkeley.edu/polic....

Citation

Lafortune, J., Rothstein, J., & Schanzenbach, D. W. (2016). School Finance Reform and the Distribution of Student Achievement (NBER Working Paper No.22011). Cambridge, MA: The National Bureau of Economic Research. Retrieved from http://www.nber.org/papers/w22....