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Katy Rouse publishes paper on the academic impact of school crowding and policy response in Wake County, NC

Katy Rouse, assistant professor of economics in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, recently published a paper titled, "School crowding, year-round schooling, and mobile classroom use: Evidence from North Carolina."

The paper, co-authored with Steven McMullen of Calvin College, appears in Volume 31, Issue 5 of Economics of Education Review.

An abstract is provided below:

This study exploits a unique policy environment and a large panel dataset to evaluate the impact of school crowding on student achievement in Wake County, NC. We also estimate the effects of two education policy initiatives that are often used to address crowding: multi-track year-round calendars and mobile classrooms. We estimate a multi-level fixed effects model to identify effects that are not confounded by other school, family, and individual characteristics. Results suggest that severely crowded schools have a negative impact on reading achievement but have no discernible impact on math achievement. Both mobile classrooms and year-round calendars are found to have a small negative impact on achievement in the absence of crowding, but a positive impact in crowded schools, though these policies are only able to partially offset the negative impact of crowding.

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10/3/2012 9:22 AM