Sofoklis Goulas

Economist

Sofoklis Goulas

Economist

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The Impact of Scaling the New Orleans Restart Model on Student Performance

December 2017 Policy reports

Our analysis uses the Virtual Control Record (VCR) methodology that has been used in previous CREDO publications. The approach is a quasi-experimental study design with matched student records followed over time. Using this methodology, we examine whether students in newly-opened CRM schools outperform their traditional public schools (TPS) counterparts.

Our findings reveal that overall, the CRM schools are not different from the schools in their local ecosystems and the ambitious performance targets were not met at the aggregate level. When we look at school-level academic growth, we see that three of 13 schools in New Orleans achieved the performance target in reading and two New Orleans CRM schools achieved the performance target in math. No school in Tennessee achieved the performance target in either subject. The CRM schools in both New Orleans and Tennessee were, however, associated with significantly higher academic growth compared to the Closing schools they replaced. Students in the Closing schools had significantly lower growth than similar VCR comparison students in their areas. We find that even students who were ineligible to attend a CRM school had academic growth comparable to that of similar students in non-CRM schools, suggesting positive consequences from the closure of the Closing schools.

Further, the overall findings for the CRM schools in aggregate obscure important insights regarding the two different approaches to school turnaround observed in this study: fresh start schools grew one grade per year, while full school turnarounds assumed responsibility for the full range of Closing school grades. Students in fresh start CRM schools have significantly stronger academic growth in math and reading when compared to the students in full turnaround CRM schools.


Co Authors : Margaret E. Raymond, Lauren Bierbaum, Lindsay Bell, Meghan Cotter Mazzola, Will Snow
Outlet : Center for Research on Education Outcomes, Stanford University
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Link : https://nolai3eval.stanford.edu/