The Impact of Summer Learning Loss on Measures of School Performance

48 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2016

Date Written: March 10, 2016

Abstract

State and federal accountability policies are predicated on the ability to estimate valid and reliable measures of school impacts on student learning. The typical spring- to-spring testing window potentially conflates the amount of learning that occurs during the school-year with learning that occurs during the summer. We use a unique dataset to explore the potential for students’ summer learning to bias school-level value-added models used in accountability policies and research on school quality. The results of this paper raise important questions about the design of performance-based education policies, as well as schools’ role in the production of students’ achievement.

Suggested Citation

McEachin, Andrew and Atteberry, Allison, The Impact of Summer Learning Loss on Measures of School Performance (March 10, 2016). RAND Working Paper Series WR- 1149. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2791749 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2791749

Andrew McEachin (Contact Author)

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Allison Atteberry

University of Virginia ( email )

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