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The impact of standardized test feedback in math: Exploiting a natural experiment in 3rd grade

Louise Beuchert, Tine Louise Eriksen and Morten Visby Krægpøth

Economics of Education Review, 2020, vol. 77, issue C

Abstract: This paper studies how information (grades) from standardized tests in mathaffects human capital formation in early schooling. We use a regression discontinuity design to estimate how later outcomes of children scoring just below or above the threshold separating two grades are affected. Our results demonstrate that providing information to parents about their child's educational performance in math in third grade can improve their future educational outcomes, regardless of the child's ability level. We also investigate subjective well-being measures, such as academic confidence and intrinsic motivation, and find no evidence that low-performing students are particularly sensitive to negative feedback from tests.

Keywords: Education; Test scores; Accountability; Standardized testing; Student well-being; Student mental health; Elementary school; Human capital investment; Performance information (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 J24 I24 I26 H52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2020.102017

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