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Does New School Construction Impact Student Test Scores and Attendance?

  • Author(s): Lafortune, Julien
  • Schönholzer, David
  • et al.
Abstract

Using data from the Los Angeles Unified School District, we find that attending a newly constructed school yields improvements in test scores, attendance, and teacher-reported measures of student effort. These results suggest attending a newly constructed school for four years can eliminate almost half of the math achievement gap between LAUSD students and the state average, and almost 20% of the English gap.

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