ERIC Number: EJ1173080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Student-Teacher Racial Match and Its Association with Black Student Achievement: An Exploration Using Multilevel Structural Equation Modeling
Yarnell, Lisa M.; Bohrnstedt, George W.
American Educational Research Journal, v55 n2 p287-324 Apr 2018
This study examines student-teacher "racial match" for its association with Black student achievement. Multilevel structural equation modeling was used to analyze 2013 National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) Grade 4 Reading Assessment data to examine interactions of teacher race and student race in their associations with student achievement (N = 165,410 students, 23,710 teachers). Effects on Level 1 random slope parameters suggest that a match of Black male students with Black teachers is associated with higher reading scores for this group, as is a match of Black female students with a Black or Hispanic teacher. Level 2 effects suggest that greater classroom composition of Black males is associated with lower reading achievement. Moderation by gender and implications for educational policy are discussed.
Descriptors: Hierarchical Linear Modeling, African American Students, Hispanic American Students, Educational Policy, Gender Differences, Scores, Reading Tests, Reading Achievement, Teacher Student Relationship, Race, Structural Equation Models, Academic Achievement, Grade 4, Elementary School Students, National Competency Tests, Student Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics, Statistical Analysis, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress
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