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High stakes in the classroom, high stakes on the street: The effects of community violence on students’ standardized test performance

Date Added to Library: 
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 10:24
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 
10.15195/v1.a14
Priority: 
high
Individual Author: 
Sharkey, Patrick
Schwartz, Amy Ellen
Ellen, Ingrid Gould
Lacoe, Johanna
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Published Date: 
05/27/2014
Published Date (Date): 
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Publication: 
Sociological Science
Volume: 
1
Year: 
2014
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Abstract: 

This article examines the effect of exposure to violent crime on students’ standardized test performance among a sample of students in New York City public schools. To identify the effect of exposure to community violence on children’s test scores, we compare students exposed to an incident of violent crime on their own blockface in the week prior to the exam to students exposed in the week after the exam. The results show that such exposure to violent crime reduces performance on English language arts assessments and has no effect on math scores. The effect of exposure to violent crime is most pronounced among African Americans and reduces the passing rates of black students by approximately 3 percentage points. (author abstract)

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