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Admissible statistics of educational achievement scores

In: Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 5

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  • Kristian Koerselman

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    (Swedish Institute for Social Research)

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Labor economists regularly regress educational achievement scores on covariates to examine what a ects achievement. I discuss the mea surement and interpretation of achievement scores, and argue that, as the scores are typically measured on an ordinal scale, their analysis in terms of higher level statistics such as means is inappropriate, and that we should use quantile-based analysis instead. I investigate how large possible bias from mean-based methods is by comparing test score distributions to the distribution of monetary value of the same scores. In most cases, the bias will be quantitatively small, and conclusions qualitatively robust.

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  • María Jesús Mancebón-Torrubia & Domingo P. Ximénez-de-Embún & José María Gómez-Sancho & Greg (ed.), 2010. "Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación," E-books Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación, Asociación de Economía de la Educación, edition 1, volume 5, number 05, 9.
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    Keywords: admissible statistics; educational achievement; item response theory; curriculum tracking;

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    1. Eric A. Hanushek & Ludger Wössmann, 2006. "Does Educational Tracking Affect Performance and Inequality? Differences- in-Differences Evidence Across Countries," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 116(510), pages C63-C76, 03.
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