Place-Based Education Investment: Promise Neighborhoods and Student Academic Outcomes

Awarded Scholars:
Alexandra Cooperstock, Cornell University
Project Date:
Sep 2021
Award Amount:
$8,197

There is evidence of a substantial place-based turn in federal policymaking in the United States over the past quarter century. The largest federal place-based education policy is the U.S. Department of Education's Promise Neighborhoods program. Employing quasi-experimental methods, Cooperstock will estimate Promise Neighborhood effects on student academic outcomes, including standardized test scores, using Stanford Education Data Archive data at the school-level and administrative Texas Schools Project data at the student-level. Because place-based policies have the potential to transform neighborhood conditions, in both favorable and unfavorable ways, they have important implications for durable spatial inequalities in the U.S. that are congruent with academic achievement gaps. This research project will explore the spatial clustering of disadvantage and the ways that these conditions shape educational outcomes and access to opportunity.

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