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Do Value-Added Estimates Add Value? Accounting for Learning Dynamics


Tahir Andrabi


Pomona College - Department of Economics

Jishnu Das


World Bank - Development Economics Research Group (DECRG); World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Asim Ijaz Khwaja


Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Tristan Zajonc


Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

September 1, 2009

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5066

Abstract:     
Evaluations of educational programs commonly assume that what children learn persists over time. The authors compare learning in Pakistani public and private schools using dynamic panel methods that account for three key empirical challenges to widely used value-added models: imperfect persistence, unobserved student heterogeneity, and measurement error. Their estimates suggest that only a fifth to a half of learning persists between grades and that private schools increase average achievement by 0.25 standard deviations each year. In contrast, estimates from commonly used value-added models significantly understate the impact of private schools' on student achievement and/or overstate persistence. These results have implications for program evaluation and value-added accountability system design.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 44

Keywords: Education For All, Tertiary Education, Secondary Education, Primary Education, Teaching and Learning

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Date posted: October 8, 2009  

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Andrabi, Tahir and Das, Jishnu and Khwaja, Asim Ijaz and Zajonc, Tristan, Do Value-Added Estimates Add Value? Accounting for Learning Dynamics (September 1, 2009). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, Vol. , pp. -, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1484551

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Tahir Andrabi (Contact Author)
Pomona College - Department of Economics ( email )
Claremont, CA 91711
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Jishnu Das
World Bank - Development Economics Research Group (DECRG) ( email )
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Asim Ijaz Khwaja
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )
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United States
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Tristan Zajonc
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )
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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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