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Advances in Applied Microeconomics

ISSN: 0278-0984
Series editor(s): Professor Michael Baye, Professor John Maxwell

Subject Area: Economics

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Accountability, Ability and Disability: Gaming the System?

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Title:Accountability, Ability and Disability: Gaming the System?
Author(s):David N. Figlio, Lawrence S. Getzler
Volume:14 Editor(s): Timothy J. Gronberg, Dennis W. Jansen ISBN: 978-0-76231-351-8 eISBN: 978-1-84950-446-1
Citation:David N. Figlio, Lawrence S. Getzler (2006), Accountability, Ability and Disability: Gaming the System?, in Timothy J. Gronberg, Dennis W. Jansen (ed.) Improving School Accountability (Advances in Applied Microeconomics, Volume 14), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.35-49
DOI:10.1016/S0278-0984(06)14002-X (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item
Abstract:This paper utilizes highly detailed student-level data to examine whether the initiation of a high-stakes test for accountability purposes affected Florida public schools’ decisions regarding whether to assign students to special education. Using student-level fixed effects models, we find that schools systematically placed students from low socio-economic status backgrounds and historically low-performing students into special education categories that were at the time exempt from the accountability system. High-poverty schools are significantly more likely to reclassify low-achieving students than are more affluent schools. These results provide important implications for the design of school accountability systems.

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