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Journal Article: Black-White achievement gap and family wealth

Categories

Academic Achievement, Blacks, Family, Income Level, Whites

Authors

Yeung, W. Jean; Conley, Dalton

Published

2008, Mar-Apr

Abstract

This article examines the extent to which family wealth affects the Black-White test score gap for young children based on data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (aged 3-12). This study found little evidence that wealth mediated the Black-White test scores gaps, which were eliminated when child and family demographic covariates were held constant. However, family wealth had a stronger association with cognitive achievement of school-aged children than that of preschoolers and a stronger association with school-aged children's math than on their reading scores. Liquid assets, particularly holdings in stocks or mutual funds, were positively associated with school-aged children's test scores. Family wealth was associated with a higher quality home environment, better parenting behavior, and children's private school attendance. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA ) (journal abstract)

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