Hidden drop-out: Secondary education (unseen) failure in pandemic times. A new GLO Discussion Paper by GLO Fellow Marco Tonello and colleagues.

The new GLO Discussion Paper finds that hidden drop-out increased during the crisis.

GLO Discussion Paper No. 1293, 2023

Hidden drop-out: Secondary education (unseen) failure in pandemic times – Download PDF
by Alderighi, Lorenzo & Ballatore, Rosario M. & Tonello, Marco

GLO Fellow Marco Tonello

Author Abstract: We estimate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on hidden drop-out, a new measure indicating failure in achieving the minimum level of skills considered to be adequate for a student getting the high school diploma. We exploit the exogenous variation induced by the pandemic by comparing two cohorts of students (one affected and the other unaffected), within the same school. We find that hidden drop-out increases by 8.6 percentage points; the effect is stronger for students with lower levels of prior achievement, from poorer families, but also for those emotionally disrupted during assessments, and for those disclosing lower educational aspirations.

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