The Maine Question: How is Four-Year College Enrollment Affected by Mandatory College Entrance Exams?

Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, March 2015, 37(1): 138-159

Posted: 2 Apr 2016

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Michael Hurwitz

College Board

Jonathan Smith

Georgia State University

Sunny Xinchun Niu

Independent

Jessica Howell

Advocacy and Policy Center - College Board

Date Written: January 27, 2015

Abstract

We use a difference-in-differences analytic approach to estimate postsecondary consequences from Maine’s mandate that all public school juniors take the SAT®. We find that, overall, the policy increased 4-year college-going rates by 2- to 3-percentage points and that 4-year college-going rates among induced students increased by 10-percentage points.

Keywords: Higher Education, College Enrollment, Accountability Test

JEL Classification: I2, I20, I21

Suggested Citation

Hurwitz, Michael and Smith, Jonathan and Niu, Sunny Xinchun and Howell, Jessica, The Maine Question: How is Four-Year College Enrollment Affected by Mandatory College Entrance Exams? (January 27, 2015). Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, March 2015, 37(1): 138-159. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2757209

Michael Hurwitz

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Jonathan Smith (Contact Author)

Georgia State University ( email )

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Sunny Xinchun Niu

Independent

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Jessica Howell

Advocacy and Policy Center - College Board ( email )

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New York, NY 10023
United States

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