Ohio STEM School Impact Study

Ohio STEM School Impact Study
Overview
The Ohio STEM School Impact Study is a collaborative effort between The Ohio State University (OSU) and Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle). Its purpose is to estimate the impact of inclusive Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) platform of schools on educational outcomes and to establish a process for collecting and analyzing data to monitor the impact of inclusive Ohio STEM schools in the future. Specifically, the study will entail the collection and analysis of data to estimate the impact of four inclusive STEM schools in Ohio. The statistical methodology for estimating their impacts on student outcomes depends on the data available for each of the four schools. The schools employ lotteries of various types for admission. Estimating the causal impact of the STEM schools using lottery data is possible for at least one school and may be possible for the others. Additionally, the study employs matching techniques to compare the educational outcomes of the STEM school students to the outcomes of students who are similar (based on observable characteristics) but who have attended non-STEM schools.

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