Measures of Learning and Crime: Theoretical and Empirical Links

Michael R. Smith, Washington State University - Spokane
Matthew Petrocelli, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsvill

Little previous research exists that has examined the relationship between measures of student learning and reported crime. using state-level data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) administered by the U.S. Department of Education, this paper explores the link between NAEP test scores and crime while controllig for other relevant predictors of criminality. Various theoretical explanations are posited for the strong and positive relationship observed between test scores and reported crime.

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