ERIC Number: ED341544
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Identifying High School Students Likely To Fail a Minimum Competency Test in Mathematics Required for Graduation.
Florida Educational Research Council Research Bulletin, v21 n3 Win 1989
In the State of Florida, the percentage of tenth grade students passing the Statewide Student Assessment Test-Part II (SSAT-II) Mathematics has declined one or two percentage points each year since 1985. Early, accurate identification and placement of these students for remedial instruction should help reverse this Florida trend. Accurate identification of these students, however, has proved to be challenging. The main purpose of this study was to determine the best combination of predictor variables that will enable educators to identify students who are likely to fail a minimum competency test in mathematics. Students included in the study were from a large urban school district. An ex post facto design and a stepwise discriminant analysis procedure were used to analyze the cognitive, biological, and school-related predictor variables selected for the study based on theory as well as the availability of valid, reliable measures. The best combination included four variables and accurately classified 88 percent of the students who failed the SSAT-II Mathematics. (Author/MH)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, High Risk Students, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Skills, Minimum Competencies, Predictive Measurement, Predictor Variables, Remedial Mathematics, Secondary Education
Florida Educational Research Council, P.O. Box 506, Sanibel, Florida 33957 ($3.00 per individual copy, 10% discount on orders of 5 or more, prepayment required on orders less than $20.00. $10.00 for annual subscription.)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Educational Research and Development Council, Inc., Sanibel.