The Potential for System-Friendly K-12 Reform

16 Pages Posted: 15 May 2013

Date Written: June 14, 2009


Numerous empirical models connect individual student test scores or average test scores to theoretically plausible policy and socioeconomic variables. Although the models were created to test for the effect of a specific factor like funding levels or teacher training on student performance, the fully specified models also have important implications for the ability of the current K-12 school system to significantly improve its performance. This article examines various student performance models and the potential for system-friendly K-12 reform.

Keywords: models for educational reform, improving the performance of the American education system

JEL Classification: H52, H75, I21, I28

Suggested Citation

Merrifield, John D., The Potential for System-Friendly K-12 Reform (June 14, 2009). Cato Journal, Vol. 29, No. 2, 2009, Available at SSRN:

John D. Merrifield (Contact Author)

University of Texas at San Antonio ( email )

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San Antonio, TX 78249
United States

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