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Test Scores, Subjective Assessment, and Stereotyping of Ethnic Minorities

Simon Burgess () and Ellen Greaves ()

Journal of Labor Economics, 2013, vol. 31, issue 3, 535 - 576

Abstract: We assess whether ethnic minority pupils are subject to low teacher expectations. We exploit the English testing system of "quasi-blind" externally marked tests and "nonblind" internal assessment to compare differences in these assessment methods between white and ethnic minority pupils. We find evidence that some ethnic groups are systematically underassessed relative to their white peers, while some are overassessed. We propose a stereotype model in which a teacher's local experience of an ethnic group affects assessment of current pupils; this is supported by the data.

Date: 2013
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