Addressing self-selection bias in quasi-experimental evaluations of whole-school reform: A comparison of methods

Robert Bifulco

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Abstract

This article discusses potential sources of self-selection bias in quasi-experimental evaluations of whole-school reform models and considers how individual student-level data might be used to provide valid impact estimates. Although repeatedpretreatment andposttreatment measures of student performance can provide unbiased estimates under relatively weak assumptions, such data are difficult to obtain. The article develops an instrumental variable strategy that can be used to improve on common value-added estimators when only posttreatment measures of performance are available. Using data from New York City, the author shows that the instrumental variable strategy can provide estimates of model impacts similar to those provided by a difference-in-differences estimator provided that appropriate instruments are used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-572
Number of pages28
JournalEvaluation Review
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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