Educational Research and Evaluation vol:20 issue:4 pages:290-307
This paper examines whether the closure of poor performing primary schools improved students’ educational attainment. It is believed that school closure affects children’s
educational outcomes positively because children switch to better primary schools. At the same time, school closure creates a social disturbance such that educational
outcomes may be affected negatively. There is no previous literature on the effect of this type of school closure on student performance. The empirical results indicate that
student test scores are not affected by the school closure. Children are, however, tracked into higher secondary education levels after the school closure if they
received more education years at the new primary school. This effect fades out and eventually becomes negative for children who received more than one education year
at the new primary school. The results further suggest that there are no detrimental effects of a school closure in terms of educational performance.