Does Reclassification Change How English Learners Feel About School and Themselves? Evidence From a Regression Discontinuity Design

Authors
Monica Lee,
James Soland
Year of publication
2022
Publication
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
Reclassification can be an important juncture in the academic experience of English Learners (ELs). Literature has explored the potential for reclassification to influence academic outcomes like achievement, yet its impact on social-emotional learning (SEL) skills, which are as malleable and important to long-term success, remains unclear. Using a regression discontinuity design, we examine the causal effect of reclassification on SEL skills (self-efficacy, growth mindset, self-management, and social awareness) among 4th to 8th graders. In the districts studied, reclassification improved academic self-efficacy by 0.2 standard deviations for students near the threshold. Results are robust to alternative specifications and analyses. Given this evidence, we discuss ways districts might establish practices that instill more positive academic beliefs among ELs.

Suggested Citation:

Lee, M.G., & Soland, J.G. (2022). Does Reclassification Change How English Learners Feel About School and Themselves? Evidence From a Regression Discontinuity Design. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

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