The Effects of Doubling Instruction Efforts on Middle School Students' Achievement: Evidence from a Multiyear Regression-Discontinuity Design

Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 14-205

31 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2014 Last revised: 16 Jun 2015

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Timothy Bartik

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Marta Lachowska

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research; Stockholm University - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 22, 2014

Abstract

We use a regression-discontinuity design to study the effects of double blocking sixth-grade students in reading and mathematics on their achievement across three years of middle school. To identify the effect of the intervention, we use sharp cutoffs in the test scores used to assign students to double blocking. We find large, positive, and persistent effects of double blocking in reading, but, unlike previous research, we find no statistically significant effects of double blocking in mathematics either in the short run or medium run.

Keywords: Regression discontinuity, Double blocking, Middle school

JEL Classification: I21, C21

Suggested Citation

Bartik, Timothy and Lachowska, Marta, The Effects of Doubling Instruction Efforts on Middle School Students' Achievement: Evidence from a Multiyear Regression-Discontinuity Design (January 22, 2014). Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 14-205, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2390818 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2390818

Timothy Bartik (Contact Author)

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Marta Lachowska

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research ( email )

300 South Westnedge Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007-4686
United States

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Stockholm University - Department of Economics ( email )

Stockholm University
Stockholm, 10691
Sweden

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