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Math scores in high stakes grades

Giorgio Brunello () and David Kiss

Economics of Education Review, 2022, vol. 87, issue C

Abstract: We investigate whether math tests taken by German primary and secondary students during a high stakes grade produce higher scores than tests done during low stakes grades. We define as high stakes grade the final grade of primary or secondary school, because good performance in that grade can affect future opportunities. Our difference-in-differences estimates show that math scores increase on average by 0.17 to 0.22 standard deviations during high stakes grades, a sizeable effect. Reading scores, however, are not affected.

Keywords: Student achievement in high stakes grades; (Perceived) Returns to education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D91 I26 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2021.102219

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