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Kenneth Frank

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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034

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February 2016Are Expectations Alone Enough? Estimating the Effect of a Mandatory College-Prep Curriculum in Michigan
with Brian Jacob, Susan Dynarski, Barbara Schneider: w22013
This paper examines the impacts of the Michigan Merit Curriculum, a statewide college preparatory curriculum that applies to the high school graduating class of 2008 and later. We use a student, longitudinal database for all public school students in Michigan for the main analyses, and complement this with analyses from a state-year panel. The study employs several non-experimental approaches, including a comparative interrupted time series and a synthetic control method. Our analyses suggest that the higher expectations embodied in the MMC has had little impact on student outcomes. Looking at student performance on the ACT, the only clear evidence of a change in academic performance comes in science. Our best estimates indicate that ACT science scores improved by 0.2 points (or roughly 0....

Published: Brian Jacob & Susan Dynarski & Kenneth Frank & Barbara Schneider, 2017. "Are Expectations Alone Enough? Estimating the Effect of a Mandatory College-Prep Curriculum in Michigan," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, vol 39(2), pages 333-360.

 
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