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In Brief: Dropping out of school
Dongshu Ou
June 2009
Paper No' CEPCP287:
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CentrePiece 14 (1) Spring 2009

Dongshu Ou assesses the differences between barely passing and barely failing US high school exit exams.

What is the difference between barely passing and barely failing an exam? Technically, just mere points. But for American school children taking high school exit exams (which pupils in some states need to pass to get a regular high school diploma), it can mean the difference between graduating and dropping out, even when there are opportunities to retake the test.These are the findings of a study by Dongshu Ou.

This article summarises 'To Leave or Not to Leave? A Regression Discontinuity Analysis of the Impact of Failing the High School Exit Exam' by Dongshu Ou, CEP Discussion Paper No. 907
This paper has been published as:
'To Leave or Not to Leave? A Regression Discontinuity Analysis of the Impact of Failing the High School Exit Exam', forthcoming in Economics of Education Review