ERIC Number: ED039616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jan-30
Reference Count: 0
Project TALENT. The High School Years: Growth in Cognitive Skills. Interim Report 3.
Shaycoft, Marion F.
This report, a small segment of Project TALENT, concerns the growth in abilities and achievement of high school students, their schools, and the test battery administered. The population was 7,500 students in grade 12 from 100 public high schools. The findings are derived from analyses of the relationships between the standing of students in grade nine and then in grade 12. Conclusions were that: (1) the amount of growth between grade nine and grade 12 scores is associated with school-taught subjects; (2) the two sexes show different patterns of mental growth; (3) schools affect the performance of students, excluding the differences in individual ability levels; and (4) a sharp distinction between aptitude tests and achievement tests probably does not really exist. Implications for education are in these areas: (1) the disadvantaged child needs remedial efforts before high school; (2) research needs to be undertaken concerning the academic versus the vocational education issue; and (3) research should focus on the ways effective schools differ from the less effective ones. (Author)
Descriptors: Ability, Achievement, Cognitive Development, Growth Patterns, High School Students, Performance, Research Projects, School Effectiveness, School Role, Schools, Sex Differences
Project TALENT, American Institutes for Research, Post Office Box 1113, Palo Alto, California 94302 (Price is $5.00 per copy, postpaid)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.; Pittsburgh Univ., PA. School of Education.