ERIC Number: ED291718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
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A Longitudinal Study of Pre- and Post-Reform Act Data on Elementary Education Majors.
Shelton, Aubrey W.; And Others
This study examined the impact of the Mississippi Legislative Reform Act on elementary education majors. The purpose of the study was to organize data to be used to provide short and long term program planning specifically for future elementary school teachers. Phase one of the study provided a demographic profile of students majoring in elementary education at Mississippi State University. The second phase will study predictive relationships between the American College Test (ACT), the National Teacher Examination (NTE), and the State of Mississippi College Outcome Measures Program (COMP). The sample included data from all elementary education majors graduating beginning fall 1982 through 1987, a time period encompassing two years before and three years after the Mississippi Legislative Reform Act. Mean test scores are reported for the ACT and NTE, the commonly accepted standardized measures. An analysis indicates significant positive change in all ACT areas and the general knowledge of the NTE. It is posited that the major change that could have produced improvement in scores was caused by the screening out of students by using the COMP. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Mobile, AL, November 10-13, 1987).