The short-term effects of school consolidation on student achievement: evidence of disruption?

Author(s): Beuchert, Louise Voldby; Humlum, Maria Knoth; Nielsen, Helena Skyt; Smith, Nina

Organisation(s): IZA Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (Germany)

Date: 2016

Pages: 55 p.


The authors exploit variation stemming from school consolidations in Denmark from 2010-2011 to analyze the impact on student achievement as measured by test scores. For each student the authors observe enrollment and test scores one year prior to school consolidation and up to four years after. The findings suggest that school consolidation has adverse effects on achievement in the short run and that these effects are most pronounced for students exposed to school closings. Furthermore, students initially enrolled in small schools experience the most detrimental effects. The effects appear to weaken over time, suggesting that part of the effect is due to disruption.

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