Education Reforms

Susanna Loeb and Patrick J. McEwan

in Targeting Investments in Children

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226475813
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226475837 | DOI:
Education Reforms

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Education polices comprise a vast array of programs and approaches. This chapter categorizes them into one of three groups: (1) direct investments in schools, including school improvement grants and class size reductions; (2) interventions that target the teacher workforce through wages, recruitment, or professional development programs; and (3) interventions that aim to increase accountability and change decision making in schools through either enhancing parental choice or increasing test-based accountability. It selectively reviews the high-quality evidence on the effects of different approaches within each of these three groups. Among direct investments, there is no consistent evidence that simply increasing expenditures will increase test scores, although such investments can increase achievement if used well.

Keywords: education reforms; policies; direct investments; expenditures

Chapter.  13634 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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