ERIC Number: ED238921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Student Achievement in Illinois, 1970 and 1981.
Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
This report summarizes the results of a study of the achievement of Illinois high school juniors in 1970 and 1981. The purposes were to provide a comparison of student performance over a period of time and to identify educational, social, and personal conditions that relate to performance on a test of Natural Science, Social Studies, English and Mathematics. Data were collected through the Decade Study Test; school records; and a set of information about students, their families and home environments, and their schools, obtained from questionnaires included in the 1981 administration of the battery. The results of the Decade Study indicate that performance of high school juniors was significantly lower in 1981 than it was in 1970. The school variables that most critically affected achievement were enrollment and dropout rate. Three aspects of family life were also strongly related to achievement in 1981: father's education, mother's education, and talking to parents about school. In terms of motivation, three features were strongly related to 1981 student performance: the students' estimate of success on the Mathematics subtests, the number of mathematics courses taken by students, and students' belief in their own abilities and efforts to perform well in school. (PN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
Identifiers: Decade Study Test; Illinois