Affirmative Action Policies Help Close Achievement Gap, Report Finds

A report released this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that affirmative action policies can motivate underrepresented minority students before they apply to college and help narrow achievement gaps across demographic groups, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The report is based on a study that tracked students in fifth through eighth grades who competed for cash prizes based on their relative performance on a national math exam. The study looked at whether an affirmative action policy would motivate students to invest in "human capital." It tracked study habits and adjustment in effort, which, in turn, positively impacted test scores in response to changes in affirmative action policies.


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