Study: Psychological factors behind low test performance by girls and minorities

01/21/2004 | NYTimes.com

New research indicates girls and low-income minority students can improve their test scores if they are taught ways to overcome anxiety-inducing, negative stereotypes. According to an NYU/Columbia University study of seventh-graders, students who were encouraged to attribute their academic troubles to their situation rather than their personal abilities registered higher scores on standardized tests.

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