ERIC Number: ED358126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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Proficiency Testing and Poverty: Looking within a Large Urban District.
Gallagher, Michael P.
The relationship between success on proficiency tests and poverty has been widely discussed. This study explores the use of a neighborhood indicator of socioeconomic status based on school lunch participation of elementary school students in that neighborhood, and examines the relationship of poverty to success on a high school proficiency test in seven neighborhoods for a large urban school district. Both areas are in Cleveland (Ohio). Regression results indicate that on the average, an additional 10 percent of students not eligible for free lunch are associated with an additional 4 percent of students passing the proficiency test. At the high school level, income indices for residential zones and pass rates on the proficiency tests were correlated. Policy implications of links between poverty and proficiency success rates are discussed. One table presents a scatterplot for the percent passing all tests with the percent eligible for free lunch. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Correlation, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Indicators, Educational Policy, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 9, High School Students, High Schools, Income, Lunch Programs, Neighborhoods, Poverty, Regression (Statistics), School Districts, Socioeconomic Status, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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