[gov3009-l] Jacobs Talk

Shigeo Hirano shirano@fas.harvard.edu
Fri, 8 Mar 2002 10:04:31 -0500 (EST)


Hi Everyone,

This coming Wednesday, Brian Jacobs, an assistant professor at the Kennedy
School, will present his paper with Steve Levitt entitled, "Rotten Apples:
An Investigation of the Prevalence and Predictors of Teacher Cheating".
The paper will be posted later this afternoon.  The abstract of the paper
is given below.

See you all Wednesday!

Shigeo

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Shigeo Hirano                     Political Economy and Government
shirano@fas.harvard.edu                         Harvard University


ABSTRACT

We develop an algorithm for detecting teacher cheating that combines
information on unexpected test score fluctuations and suspicious patterns
of answers for students in a classroom.  Using data from the Chicago
Public Schools, we estimate that serious cases of teacher or administrator
cheating on standardized tests occur in 4-5 percent of elementary school
classrooms annually.  Moreover, the observed frequency of cheating appears
to respond strongly to relatively minor changes in incentives.  Our
results suggest that introducing high-stakes testing without appropriate
safeguards will likely lead to widespread cheating.