Ohio STEM School Impact Study
Project Team: 
Stéphane Lavertu, PhD
Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs
Jenny Gnagey, PhD
Research Assistant, Ohio Education Research Center
Key Words: 
inclusive STEM schools
student achievement
student attainment
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.