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Identifying the Incidence of "Grading on a Curve":A Within-Student Across-Subject Approach

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  • Marc Piopiunik

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  • Martin Schlotter

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Theoretical work shows that grading on a curve, i.e., teachers assessing students relativeto their classmates, can negatively affect students’ learning effort. However, little isknown about its empirical incidence. To overcome bias from non-random sorting andomitted variables like teachers’ grading standards, we exploit within-student acrosssubjectvariation observing both teacher-assigned grades and test scores of German4th-graders in reading and math. We find that having classmates with one standarddeviation higher test scores lowers a student’s grade by about 10 percent of a standarddeviation. Importantly, only female teachers grade on a curve and there is no associationbetween students’ learning effort and relative grading.

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Paper provided by Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich in its series Ifo Working Paper Series with number Ifo Working Paper No. 121.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ifowps:_121

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Keywords: Teacher grading; grading on a curve; learning incentives;

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