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The academic achievement of American Indians

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  • Fischer, Stefanie
  • Stoddard, Christiana
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    The academic achievement of American Indians has not been extensively studied. Using NAEP supplements, we find that the average achievement relative to white students resembles other disadvantaged groups. However, there are several differences. Family characteristics explain two times as much of the raw gap as for blacks. School factors also account for a larger portion of the gap than for blacks or Hispanics. The distribution is also strikingly different: low performing American Indian students have a substantially larger gap than high performing students. Finally, racial self-identification is more strongly related to achievement, especially as American Indian students age.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics of Education Review.

    Volume (Year): 36 (2013)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 135-152

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    Keywords: Human capital; Test score gap; Identity; American Indian;

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