ERIC Number: ED390676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-5
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Analysis of Eighth Graders' Performance On Standardized Mathematics Tests.
Meyinsse, Joseph; Tashakkori, Abbas
The main objective of this study was to show whether eighth graders' performance on standardized mathematics tests could be predicted from a variety of variables. These predictors included the students' race/ethnicity, gender, attitudes toward mathematics, students' time spent on homework, whether parents helped with homework assignments, students' perceptions of their teachers, reported school climate, and the availability of remedial mathematics. Data came from the base year of the National Education Longitudinal Study of Eighth Graders. A sample of 9,000 students was selected from the data set. Multiple regression analysis was used to analyze the data. As expected, the socioeconomic indicator (SES) was the best predictor of math performance. However, after controlling for the variation in SES and race/ethnicity, a number of other variables also contributed significantly to the variations in math performance. Among these were students' perceptions about mathematics, school climate, the availability of remedial mathematics, student/teacher relationship, gender, and the amount of time spent on homework. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: National Education Longitudinal Study 1988
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midsouth Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 5, 1994).