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ERIC Number: ED169204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Longitudinal Effects of School Racial/Ethnic Composition Upon Student Achievement. First Report.
Thompson, Eugene W.; Smidchens, Uldis
This study examines the effects of school racial/ethnic composition upon student achievement. The study was carried out in a middle-sized mid-western city. The population for the project was identified in the fifth grade of this public school district. All students were administered the California Achievement Test 1970 edition during both their third and fifth grade year. The reading vocabulary, reading comprehension, math computation, and language mechanics subtest of this instrument make up the dependent variables. The independent variables are student race (black/white) and the school racial impact level. The racial impact level is defined as being the ratio of black to white students within the school. Examination of the data for variability attributable either to independent variables or interaction effects was carried out through the use of a two-way analysis of variance using a least squares method. Varying relationships between the two independent variables and the dependent variables were noted. The effects of each independent variable was inconsistent upon the mean gain scores recorded for the various subtests. It is speculated that varying emphasis upon different categories of the curriculum could partially account for the differences in mean gain scores among the dependent variables. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April, 1979)