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Math Scores in High Stakes Grades

Giorgio Brunello () and David Kiss

No 12338, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We investigate whether tests taken during a high stakes grade by German primary and secondary students produce higher math scores than in lower stakes grades. We identify a high stakes grade with 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 high stakes increase math scores on average by 0.17 to 0.23 standard deviations, a sizeable effect.

Keywords: (perceived) returns to education; high stakes testing; student motivation; achievement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D91 I26 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 16 pages
Date: 2019-05
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Published - published in: Economics of Education Review, 2022, 82, 102219

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