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ERIC Number: ED033664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Third Look at High School Size. Academic Success of Entering Freshmen for 1965, 1967, and 1968 by Class Size Category.
Clements, William H.
Studies reveal that students from small high schools tend to do better at some Wisconsin State Universities, especially at WSU-Stevens Point. However, high school percentile rank, regardless of class size, is by far the best single predictor of academic success at WSU-Stevens Point. The present investigation was aimed at determining if students from small high schools make a favorable showing when high school decile rank is held constant. Three entering classes are sampled. The study revealed that 14.3% of the entering freshmen in 65-66, 67-68, and 68-69 who were subsequently dropped in this period were from a high school class size of 1-25; 25.4% of those dropped in this period were from a high school class size of 751-over. However, those from the 1-25 class size had an average high school decile rank of 62.4, while those from the 751-over class size had an average decile rank of 48.4. There is no statistical test available to determine if one class size provides a significantly lower proportion of academic failure than another when high school decile rank is taken into consideration. The data are presented extensively in tabular form, and the discussion is brief. It is concluded that the 1-25 class size has the advantage, as students from small classes do ramarkably well. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (DS)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Univ., Stevens Point.
Identifiers: University of Wisconsin; Wisconsin (Stevens Point)