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Flaking Out: Snowfall, Disruptions of Instructional Time, and Student Achievement

April 4, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
262 Knafel, 2nd floor, CGIS Building North, 1737 Cambridge Street

Joshua Goodman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

What is the impact on student achievement of instructional time lost to school closures and student absences? Using data from Massachusetts, Joshua Goodman finds that student test scores are unaffected by school closures due to extreme weather. Students do, however, learn less due to absences caused by bad weather. This suggests that schools deal well with coordinated challenges like closures, but are less effective at dealing with uncoordinated disruptions such as the absences of a fraction of students from a given class.

Cosponsored by the Program on Education Policy and Governance.

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