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Advancing Academic Opportunities for Disadvantaged Youth: Third Year Impact Evaluation of a Privately-Managed School in a Poor Neighborhood in Montevideo

Cid, Alejandro and Balsa, Ana I. (2015): Advancing Academic Opportunities for Disadvantaged Youth: Third Year Impact Evaluation of a Privately-Managed School in a Poor Neighborhood in Montevideo. Published in: Páginas de Educación , Vol. 7, No. 1 (16 November 2015): pp. 15-35.

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ABSTRACT. We study the three-yearimpact of a private tuition-free middle school on the academic outcomes of poor students. Several features of the treatment school fit with innovative paradigms that have deliveredsuccessful outcomes in poor urban areas. Our research design exploits the excess of applicants over the school capacity and the fact that participants were selected randomly.Specifically, we followa cohort of students that enteredmiddle school in 2010 and that were randomly assigned to attend thetreatment school or public school as usual.We find that the treatment school impactedfavorably on students’ academic advancement and math competencies. Also, the treatment school hada positive—and quite robust overtime—impact on students’ and their parents’ academicexpectations. This culture of high expectations has been previouslyidentified in the literature as a key input for school success.

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