Tag Archives: Black-white test gap

Welcome to the Profit of Education website. Continuing the conversation begun in the book Profit of Education, we discuss the latest economic evidence on education reform.

A more careful look at the Black-White test score gap

What exactly does the “score” on a standardized test tell you? Higher is better, but is 100 twice as good as 50? 10 percent better? Three times better? To get around this conundrum, which economists call “ordinality,” Timothy Bond and Kevin … Continue reading

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Closing the Black-White Achievement Gap: Did schools do anything at all?

The U.S. made major–but incomplete–strides in closing the Black-White test gap from the late 1970’s through the 1980’s…then progress largely stopped. I’ve always attributed the gains to school integration and the upgrading of truly sub black schools, particularly in the … Continue reading

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Black-white test score results–new wonk results

Black students score well below white students on a variety of standardized tests. (And the difference is associated with much of the black-white income later in life.) Control for income, and about half the gap disappears. It’s a given in … Continue reading

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