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Educational Evaluation Schemes and Gender Gaps in Student Achievement

  • Torberg Falch

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    (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

  • Linn Renée Naper

    (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

This paper investigates whether gender gaps in student achievement are related to evaluation schemes. We exploit different evaluations at the end of compulsory education in Norway in a difference-in-difference framework. Compared to scores at anonymously evaluated central exit exams, girls get significantly higher grades than boys when assessed by their teacher. We find no evidence that the competitiveness of the environment can explain why boys do relatively better at the exam. The gender grading gap is related to teacher characteristics. The results indicate that the teacher-student interaction during coursework favor girls in the teacher grading.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in its series Working Paper Series with number 11311.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 28 Mar 2011
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Handle: RePEc:nst:samfok:11311
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