Poster Paper: The Impact of Mother's Education On Child's Math Score

Saturday, November 9, 2013
West End Ballroom A (Washington Marriott)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Jing Li, Xiaoying Qi and Fei Guo, Columbia University
The recent discourse of “tiger mom” initiated a new round of discussion on the impact of mothers’ role on children’s educational outcomes. Previous research has demonstrated that the characteristics of the maternal parent, including race, social economic status, I.Q., and etc., have been associated with students’ achievements. However, it is still a contested question whether mother’s education can influence child’s test scores.

Hence, the polarized opinions propel us to inquire what the relationship between mothers’ education and children’ achievement is. This research conducts an investigation on the question whether mother’s education can influence child’s math score based on the dataset of ECLS-K. Several linear regression models have been built up and the final model fit illuminates that mother’s education indeed has a positive impact on the students’ math achievement. Besides, the influence will be stronger on the children in public schools than their counterparts in private schools and will be stronger when the school section ends.