Decomposing ethnic achievement gaps across multiple levels of analysis and multiple ethnic groups: a mediation approach

Beatriz Gallo Cordoba, George Leckie, William Browne

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    A long-standing problem in the ethnic achievement gap literature is whether
    the gaps can be attributed to students or schools. In an attempt to solve this
    problem, three approaches have been proposed to decompose the Black-White
    achievement gap into components that can be attributed to students and
    schools. Such approaches have been limited because they do not consider
    additional levels of the education system (e.g. local authorities) or multiple
    ethnic groups (e.g. White, Black, Hispanic, Asian).

    These three decomposition approaches fit into the mediation analysis
    framework. Therefore, we propose using this framework to extend the current
    decomposition approaches to consider additional levels of the education
    system and multiple ethnic groups.

    Such extensions allow for more detailed insights about ethnic achievement
    gaps that can improve the pertinence of policy and future research
    recommendations. We illustrate the importance of such extensions using an
    application to data for Colombian students.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2020
    EventEuropean Congress of Methodology 2020 - Virtual event, Valencia, Spain
    Duration: 21 Jul 202123 Jul 2021
    Conference number: 9th


    ConferenceEuropean Congress of Methodology 2020
    Abbreviated titleEAM 2020
    Internet address


    • mediation analysis
    • gap decomposition
    • ethnic achievement gap

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