Does New School Construction Impact Student Test Scores and Attendance?

POLICY BRIEF: Does New School Construction Impact Student Test Scores and Attendance?

Julien Lafortune and David Schönholzer use data from the Los Angeles Unified School District and find that attending a newly constructed school yields improvements in test scores, attendance, and teacher-reported measures of student effort. Their results suggest attending a newly constructed school for four years can eliminate almost half of the math achievement gap between LAUSD students and the state average, and almost 20% of the English gap.