Ethnic achievement gaps in Colombia: a multilevel explanation

Beatriz Gallo Cordoba, George Leckie, William Browne

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    Ethnic achievement gaps are inherently interpreted as a student-level phenomenon that can be explained by student, school or district characteristics. For example, the reduction of the gaps when conditioning on socioeconomic status (SES) is commonly interpreted as an indicator that SES at least partially explains the gap. This paper shows that studying ethnic achievement gaps as a multilevel phenomenon uncovers complex links among different levels of the school system (students, schools and districts) that are behind these findings. Using census data for Colombian high-school students, we show that SES and other variables explain the gap through school and district-level mechanisms and only minorly through student-level processes. Such findings call for rethinking policies that are often suggested to tackle ethnic inequality.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2021
    EventAmerican Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2021: Accepting Educational Responsibility - Virtual, Online, Washington DC, United States of America
    Duration: 8 Apr 20218 Apr 2021


    ConferenceAmerican Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2021
    Abbreviated titleAERA 2021
    Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
    CityWashington DC
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