ERIC Number: ED069599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
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A Comparative Study of the Academic Achievements of Secondary Age Students of the United States and the British Isles.
Gibson, Robert L.; And Others
This report compares the influences of educational practices of the British Isles and the United States on secondary pupil achievement in the basic subject matter areas at each successive grade level. The objective of the study is to test the hypotheses that: (1) significant differences will be found between students' mean achievements in the basic subject matter areas across ability levels; (2) specific periods could be identified wherein students' achievement across ability levels and grade levels for respective countries becomes statistically different; and (3) factors could be identified which influence pupil achievement. Test instruments include the California Achievement Test, Otis Ability Test, a project-developed test, and other data-gathering methods. A few of the major findings are that grade point averages are more significant predictors for student gains and levels of achievement than standardized achievement tests; high ability students consistently gain more than average or low ability students; British high ability students and U. S. average and low ability students show higher levels of achievement in reading than their respective counterparts; U. S. students register higher levels of achievement in language usage and in mathematics. Contents also include research related to this report, a broad overview of educational structure in both countries, and implications and recommendations of the research. (Several pages may be illegible.) (SJM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ. Foundation, Bloomington.
Identifiers - Location: United States