Return to Algebra II: The Effect of Mandatory Math Coursework on Postsecondary Attainment

52 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2019 Last revised: 9 May 2019

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Soobin Kim

Michigan State University - Department of Economics; Michigan State University - College of Education; Education Analytics

Date Written: November 15, 2018

Abstract

Using detailed transcript data from multiple cohorts in Michigan, this paper studies the long-run impacts of mandatory Algebra II-taking on college outcomes. I use the fraction of Algebra II-takers in a school before the mandatory coursework policy was implemented to identify policy-induced variations in the propensity to take Algebra II. I find significant positive impacts on the probability of enrollment in both 2-year and 4-year colleges for minority and disadvantaged students and on college degree completion rates for advantaged compliers. I also show a sizable impact on the likelihood of majoring in a STEM field among students from advantaged backgrounds.

Keywords: math coursework, high school graduation requirements, college enrollment and completion

JEL Classification: I21, I24, I28

Suggested Citation

Kim, Soobin, Return to Algebra II: The Effect of Mandatory Math Coursework on Postsecondary Attainment (November 15, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3351235 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3351235

Soobin Kim (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - Department of Economics ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

Michigan State University - College of Education ( email )

East Lansing, MI
United States

Education Analytics ( email )

131 West Wilson St
Madison, WI 53703
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