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Paredes, Valentina – Education Finance and Policy, 2017
Several papers have proposed that the grading system affects students' incentives to exert effort. In particular, the previous literature has compared student effort under relative and absolute grading systems, but the results are mixed and the implications of the models have not been empirically tested. In this paper, I build a model where…
Descriptors: Grading, Student Motivation, Incentives, College Students
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Stange, Kevin – Education Finance and Policy, 2012
This article examines the effect of institutional quality on the educational attainment of community college students, a large group that has been mostly overlooked in previous work. The effect of institutional quality is generally difficult to separate from that of student ability because more capable students usually sort into better colleges. A…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Students, Institutional Characteristics, Instructional Effectiveness
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Krieg, John M. – Education Finance and Policy, 2008
The No Child Left Behind Act imposes sanctions on schools if the fraction of students demonstrating proficiency on a high-stakes test falls below a statewide pass rate. While the motivation behind this system is improved public school performance, it also provides incentives for schools to focus educational resources on the marginal student rather…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Test Norms, Academic Ability, Academically Gifted