ERIC Number: ED265633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct-18
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An Investigation of the Factors Associated with Effective Public High Schools.
Harnisch, Delwyn L.
Data from the High School and Beyond study--restricted to over 800 regular public school students from a population of 18,684 who completed test batteries in both their sophomore and senior years--are analyzed in this report. Included in the cluster of 12 school variables are school policies, school resources, and school practices. The student-body characteristics cluster includes the home background and individual characteristics such as the Socioeconomic Status (SES) index along with five psychological measures and a quantity-of-instruction variable. Outcomes examined are from three major skill areas (verbal, mathematics, and science), along with a test composite measure. Statistical analyses reveal that the variable contributing most strongly to senior achievement is the sophomore test performance. The student-body characteristics exhibiting a strong positive relationship with the test composite are socioeconomic status, locus of control, quantity of instruction, and parent involvement. Concluding the paper are 28 references, 4 data tables, and an appendix describing the selected variables. (MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Competency Based Education, Educational Environment, High Schools, Institutional Characteristics, Multiple Regression Analysis, Outcomes of Education, Prediction, Public Schools, School Effectiveness, School Organization, Scores, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Audience: Administrators; Researchers; Practitioners
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