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Some Unpleasant Consequences of Testing at Length*

Giorgio Brunello (), Angela Crema and Lorenzo Rocco ()

Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2021, vol. 83, issue 4, 1002-1023

Abstract: We show that, when performance on a math test depends on students’ endurance, longer tests do not necessarily provide a more accurate measure of students’ competencies or a higher correlation between the ranking of classes (or schools) based on test performance and the ranking based on the underlying competencies. We revisit the finding that female teenagers are better able to sustain performance during a math test by considering younger pupils, who were tested in Italian primary schools during their second and fifth grade. We find evidence of a gender gap in the ability to sustain performance only in the higher grade, suggesting that this gap develops during primary school.

Date: 2021
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