The Timing of Instruction Time: Accumulated Hours, Timing and Pupil Achievement

43 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2018

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Paul Bingley

Aarhus University - National Centre for Register-Based Research

Eskil Heinesen

Rockwool Foundation Research Unit

Karl Fritjof Krassel

Danish Institute of Governmental Research (KORA)

Nicolai Kristensen

Aarhus School of Business

Abstract

Instruction time varies among schools, subjects, pupils and grades. This variation is positively associated with test scores and has been used to identify modest positive causal effects for instruction hours in certain grades. We exploit administrative data on delivered and timetabled instruction time in each grade throughout compulsory school for three full cohorts of Danish children, and find positive marginal hours effects on 9th grade test scores using accumulated time which are twice as large as when using 9th grade time only. Effects are largest for low SES households and for boys with non-western immigrant background, especially in the early grades.

Keywords: school resources, test scores, time in education

JEL Classification: C21, I2, I21

Suggested Citation

Bingley, Paul and Heinesen, Eskil and Krassel, Karl Fritjof and Kristensen, Nicolai, The Timing of Instruction Time: Accumulated Hours, Timing and Pupil Achievement. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11807. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3253465

Paul Bingley (Contact Author)

Aarhus University - National Centre for Register-Based Research ( email )

8000 Århus C, 8210
Denmark

Eskil Heinesen

Rockwool Foundation Research Unit ( email )

Sølvgade 10, 2.t.v.
Copenhagen K, DK-1307
Denmark

Karl Fritjof Krassel

Danish Institute of Governmental Research (KORA) ( email )

Dampfaergevej 27-29
Copenhagen, 2100
Denmark

Nicolai Kristensen

Aarhus School of Business ( email )

Haslegaardsvej 10
DK-8210 Aarhus, 8210
Denmark

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