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racial biases for low and higher performing students

Former BGS Yasmiyn Irizarry’s research on how teachers treat students of different races is featured in Scientific American’s podcast. From the Social Science Research article:

Education scholars document notable racial differences in teachers’ perceptions of students’ academic skills. Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort, this study advances research on teacher perceptions by investigating whether racial differences in teachers’ evaluations of first grade students’ overall literacy skills vary for high, average, and low performing students. Results highlight both the overall accuracy of teachers’ perceptions, and the extent and nature of possible inaccuracies, as demonstrated by remaining racial gaps net literacy test performance. Racial differences in teachers’ perceptions of Black, non-White Latino, and Asian students (compared to White students) exist net teacher and school characteristics and vary considerably across literacy skill levels. Skill specific literacy assessments appear to explain the remaining racial gap for Asian students, but not for Black and non-White Latino students. Implications of these findings for education scholarship, gifted education, and the achievement gap are discussed.

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Written by fabiorojas

January 15, 2016 at 12:01 am

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  1. According to the theory of statistical discrimination, if there are differences between groups statistically, then it is natural and rational for uninformed individuals to make decisions based on the average behavior.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statistical_discrimination_(economics)

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    actions15

    January 25, 2016 at 8:43 pm

  2. In a way, this mirrors what Jordan Axl found when measuring whether whites or blacks were favored for admission in an academic honor society (http://guilfordjournals.com/doi/abs/10.1521/soco.2016.34.1.1?journalCode=soco). However, they didn’t find that high performers were penalized.

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    chrismartin76

    January 28, 2016 at 11:27 pm


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