Student Feedback, Parent-Teacher Communication, and Academic Performance: Experimental Evidence from Rural China

47 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2018

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Stanley Siebert

Business School, University of Birmingham; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA)

Ho Lun Wong

Lingnan University - Department of Economics

Xiangdong Wei

Lingnan College

Xiang Zhou

Harvard University

Abstract

This study reports a randomized controlled trial to improve teacher-student-parent feedback, conducted in a rural county in China with many left-behind children. Data are collected from over 4,000 primary schoolchildren (8 to 10 years old) over two school terms. We find that bi-weekly student feedbacks using our special scorecard of schoolwork and behavior improve mathematics results by 0.16 to 0.20 standard deviations, with 0.09 for language. Communicating these assessments also to parents produces further large mathematics benefits for young left-behind children, about 0.30 standard deviations. A low-cost investment in better feedback thus brings significant achievement gains especially for disadvantaged children.

Keywords: student assessment, parent-teacher communication, academic performance, randomized controlled trial, rural China

JEL Classification: C93, I21, J24

Suggested Citation

Siebert, Stanley and Wong, Ho Lun and Wei, Xiangdong and Zhou, Xiang, Student Feedback, Parent-Teacher Communication, and Academic Performance: Experimental Evidence from Rural China. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11347. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3129291

Stanley Siebert (Contact Author)

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Ho Lun Wong

Lingnan University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Xiangdong Wei

Lingnan College ( email )

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China

Xiang Zhou

Harvard University ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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