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ERIC Number: ED026217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr
Pages: 8
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A Study of the Effect of Socioeconomic Factors on the School Achievement of Spanish-Speaking School Beginners.
Macmillan, Robert W.
The following socioeconomic variables were investigated as significant predictors of school achievement for Spanish-speaking children: (1) occupation of mother or father (the major wage earner), (2) family size, (3) family organization, (4) sex of child, (5) preschool experience, and (6) attendance record. School achievement was determined with the Metropolitan Readiness Test, Form A. Data on first-grade subjects with Spanish surnames were collected from 16 elementary schools in San Antonio, Texas. Attendance data were collected for Negro, upper-class Anglo, and middle-class Anglo pupils. It was found that knowledge of the socioeconomic variables listed above contributed significantly to the prediction of achievement. When the variables were considered separately, significant relationships were found between the parent's occupation and achievement and between attendance and achievement. When attendance was analyzed in relation to the other variables, there was a significant correlation only with the parent's occupation. The Mexican-American group was inclined to attend more often than the Negro group and less often than the Anglo groups in the first grade. (WL)
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Note: Paper presented at International Reading Association conference, Boston, Mass., April 24-27, 1968.