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A Review of Avoidable Losses: High Stakes Accountability and the Dropout Crisis

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Southwest
Description:
REL Southwest received a request to review the report Avoidable Losses: High Stakes Accountability and the Dropout Crisis to assess the soundness of the study methodology and the appropriateness of the conclusions drawn in the report. The review by REL Southwest found that the authors made strong causal conclusions about the effect of Texas's test-based accountability system on the high school dropout rates: that the accountability system directly increases dropout rates throughout the state. Given the nature of the data collected and analyzed in this study, such conclusions cannot be scientifically validated.
Publication Type:
Technical Brief
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Publication Date:
February 2008
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