School-entry Vaccination Laws, Non-Medical Exemptions and Academic Achievement

Awarded Scholars:
Nicole Hair, University of South Carolina
Carly Urban, Montana State University
Project Date:
May 2018
Award Amount:
$20,000

Hair and Urban will investigate how school vaccination policies affect students’ performance on standardized tests of academic achievement and the white-black achievement gap. Using SEDA data on academic achievement, data on vaccination coverage from the National Immunization Surveys, and a new database of mandatory school immunization laws, they will explore whether reducing vaccination exemptions or adding requirements improves student scores and narrows the racial achievement gap.

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