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West Virginia schools are consistently below the national average on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Using Data Envelopment Analysis, we estimate the technical efficiency of West Virginia school districts. We find less variation in technical efficiency in West Virginia than in similar studies conducted in other states. This appears to be because of state policy imposing homogeneity of input usage. Due to the limited variation in technical efficiency across districts, we cannot analyze how non-school inputs such as socioeconomic factors affect technical efficiency across districts. Summary statistics organized by county economic status, however, suggest that socioeconomic status plays a role. Our results highlight an important limitation of DEA analysis on schools.

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Minuci, E., Ferreira Neto, A. B., & Hall, J. (2019). A data envelopment analysis of West Virginia school districts. Heliyon, 5(7), e01990.


Copyright: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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