ERIC Number: ED159188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: N/A
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A Study of Student Achievement Involving the Consideration of Racial and Socioeconomic Characteristics. Final Report.
Thompson, Eugene W.; And Others
Academic achievement of fifth grade students, statistically controlled for the student's socioeconomic status, was studied in relationship to the racial balance of the student's school. Eleven elementary schools were assigned to three categories in which the percentage of students who were black was either 11 to 15, 22 to 24, or 47 to 51%. Categories of students according to race, sex, or both were then compared across school racial-balance categories with respect to adjusted mean achievement test scores when the scores were adjusted for socioeconomic level. Black student achievement, in general, appeared to be negatively related to proportion of black students in each school category; but the effects were confounded by several additional considerations. The major portion of the difference was accounted for by black males. Also, the largest differences tended to be between schools in the 11 to 15 percent black category and the other two categories. It is suggested that differences in curriculum, attitudes, and school climate may be more important determiners of student achievement than race and sex, which were studied in this research. (Author/CTM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Ann Arbor Public Schools, MI.
Identifiers: California Achievement Tests