ERIC Number: ED217528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Factors and Conditions Related to Changing S.A.T. Scores in a Mid-Sized Florida School District.
Research Bulletin, v15 n2 Fall 1981
To determine the crucial factors affecting student performance on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in Manatee County (Florida) public schools, researchers sent questionnaires to students who had completed the SAT in the years 1977 through 1980. Of 887 students sent the questionnaire, 188 returned responses in time for tabulation. This small sample appeared to be skewed toward more successful students. The questionnaire responses, when interpreted in the light of information from application forms filled out by students at the time the SATs were taken, and when viewed in terms of the scores obtained by students on the tests, led to the identification of several conditions having a major effect on test success: the number of math, science, and English courses taken; personal and parental expectations of academic performance; math and English course content; personal motivation to achieve scholastic success and to score well on college entrance examinations; vocabulary study in English; and college preparatory course work. Conditions judged as having little effect were writing assignments and literature study in English; the number of social studies and foreign language courses taken; and study of test-taking strategies in school. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Course Content, High Schools, Parent Influence, Performance Factors, Questionnaires, Standardized Tests, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation, Student Motivation, Success, Tables (Data)
Florida Educational Research and Development Council, Inc., P.O. Box 506, Sanibel, FL 33957 ($3.00; quantity discounts; orders under $20.00 must be prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Educational Research and Development Council, Inc., Ft. Myers.
Identifiers: Manatee County Public Schools FL; Scholastic Aptitude Test
Note: Contains several pages of small, broken type.