ERIC Number: ED149928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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Predicting Success of High School Freshmen in Algebra I in the Small Rural High School.
Siglin, Linda M.; Edeburn, Carl E.
Utilizing data compiled from records of 33 students who had completed Algebra I in 1974 and 1976, the study examined the California Algebra Aptitude Test (CAAT) and other possible predictors of success for freshmen students entering Algebra I in a small rural high school. The CAAT and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) were taken by these students as 8th graders. Possible predictors of Algebra I success analyzed were final mathematics grades, elements of the student's family and home background, sex, and the CAAT and ITBS scores. The Algebra I grade was used as the criterion variable. Data were analyzed using a stepwise forward regression procedure. It was found that the eighth grade mathematics grade which accounted for 45% of the variance of the Algebra I grade was the best predictor of success, and that the CAAT scores had little real prediction value. The first five predictor variables were math grade, sex, ITBS Math Concepts, ITBS Map Reading, and mother (does not work outside the home) which collectively accounted for over 66% of the variance in the Algebra I grade. (NQ)
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