Do School Principals Respond to Increased Public Scrutiny? New Survey Evidence from Australia

186 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2018

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Michael Bernard Coelli

The University of Melbourne

Gigi Foster

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics

Andrew Leigh

Australian House of Representatives Parliament House; Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU; IZA

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Abstract

We explore responses of Australian school principals to the introduction of test score reporting via the My School website in 2010. Our analysis is motivated by the implicit assumption that heightened public scrutiny should motivate principals to align schools' policies and practices with what is believed to generate better test results. We use responses from both public and private schools to a custom-built questionnaire administered to principals before (2009) and after (2012) the My School website launch. We find scarce evidence of meaningful adjustments over time, but we do find evidence of significantly different policies and practices across school groups.

Keywords: school accountability, standardized test scores, educational performance, school competition

JEL Classification: D83, I21, I28

Suggested Citation

Coelli, Michael Bernard and Foster, Gigi and Leigh, Andrew, Do School Principals Respond to Increased Public Scrutiny? New Survey Evidence from Australia. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11350. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3137480

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Gigi Foster

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics ( email )

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Andrew Leigh

Australian House of Representatives Parliament House ( email )

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