Assessment Drives Learning: The Effect of Central Exit Exams on Curricular Knowledge and Mathematical Literacy

30 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2009

See all articles by Hendrik Jürges

Hendrik Jürges

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA); German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Kerstin Schneider

University of Dortmund; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Martin Senkbeil

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Claus Carstensen

University of Bamberg

Date Written: June 2009

Abstract

In this paper, we use data from the German PISA 2003 sample to study the effects of central exit examinations on student performance, student attitudes, and teacher behavior. Unlike earlier studies we use (i) a value-added measure to pin down the effect of central exit exams on learning in the last year before the exam and (ii) separate test scores for mathematical literacy and curriculum-based knowledge. The findings indicate that central exit exams only improve curriculum-based knowledge but do not affect mathematical literacy. Moreover, teachers in German states with central exit examinations are more active and tend to be more performance oriented. Students, although showing a better performance, are less motivated in school.

Keywords: central exit exams, value added, achievement, teacher quality

JEL Classification: I28, H42, D02

Suggested Citation

Jürges, Hendrik and Schneider, Kerstin and Senkbeil, Martin and Carstensen, Claus, Assessment Drives Learning: The Effect of Central Exit Exams on Curricular Knowledge and Mathematical Literacy (June 2009). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2666. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1423743

Hendrik Jürges

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA) ( email )

D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

Kerstin Schneider (Contact Author)

University of Dortmund ( email )

D-44221 Dortmund
Germany

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

Martin Senkbeil

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Claus Carstensen

University of Bamberg ( email )

Kirschaeckerstrasse 39
Bamberg, 96045
Germany

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