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Climbing the College Ladder? The Effects of New Orleans School Reforms on College Outcomes and the Quality of Colleges that Students Attended

Multiple studies have documented the positive effect of school choice on college attendance. We focus instead on the quality of colleges, which is linked to higher graduation rates and later-in-life wages, especially for Black and Hispanic students. We examine the effect of the New Orleans school reforms, a district-wide reform creating an almost all-charter school district, on the quality of colleges that students attended. Using difference-in-differences analysis of statewide microdata, we find that the reforms led students to attend four-year colleges, and higher-quality ones, at higher rates. The reforms also increased the share of college-goers who were well matched to their colleges and this had little effect on transfer or persistence rates. Overall, these results reinforce that the reforms led students to attend higher-quality colleges that will improve long-term life outcomes.

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10.26300/74k7-sc46

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Glenn, Beth, and Douglas N. Harris. (). Climbing the College Ladder? The Effects of New Orleans School Reforms on College Outcomes and the Quality of Colleges that Students Attended. (EdWorkingPaper: -339). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/74k7-sc46

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