Study: Exotic Names Don't Make Grade For Black Students
- A new study suggests that black students with exotic names don't do as well in school as black students with more common names.
The University of Florida study found that students with names such as Da'Quan or Damarcus are more likely to score lower on reading and math tests.
Researchers said that black students with unusual names are also less likely to meet teacher expectations and be referred to gifted programs than black students with more common names, such as Dwayne.
"This study suggests that the names parents give their children play an important role in explaining why African-American families on average do worse because African-American families are more inclined than whites or Hispanics to give their children names that are associated with low socio-economic status," said David Figlio, a University of Florida economist who did the research.