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The Common Core and Student Achievement: The Effect of Implementation on the Black-white Test Score Gap

There remains a persistent gap between the scores of black and white students despite state and federal accountability reforms. In 2010, the Common Core State Standards were released to raise nationwide student achievement by increasing the rigor of academic standards. I employ a difference–in–difference model to analyze the effect of the implementation of the new standards on the test scores of black and white students. I use National Assessment of Educational Progress test scores recently released from the Stanford Education Data Archive for students in fourth and eighth grades from 2009 to 2015. I find that the implementation of the Common Core State Standards did not have an effect on black, white, or student test scores in general. the Common Core State Standards may have slightly narrowed the gap, but more research needs to be done to support this effect. In general, the federal reform of raising national standards did not have an effect on student performance in the short term.

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