Feeling the Florida Heat?
How Low-Performing Schools Respond to Voucher and Accountability Pressure
Document date: November 29, 2007
Released online: November 29, 2007
This paper brings to bear new evidence from a remarkable five-year survey conducted of a census of public schools in Florida, coupled with detailed administrative data on student performance. We show that schools facing accountability pressure changed their instructional practices in meaningful ways. In addition, we present medium-run evidence of the effects of school accountability on student test scores, and find that a significant portion of these test score gains can likely be attributed to the changes in school policies and practices that we uncover in our surveys.
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