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ERIC Number: ED409372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 53
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The Use of Probability of Proficiency Scores in the Study of Relationships between Education Indicators and Student Mathematics Learning at Different Skill Levels.
Elliott, Pamela R.
Research on factors related to student academic achievement typically involves the use of some type of total cognitive score as the final outcome measure. However, in using a total score, it is assumed that variables related to student learning have the same effect on student learning across academic skill levels. Using a subsample from the first followup to the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88), this study examined the differential effects of between- and within-school indicators on the learning of mathematics at different skill levels. Data was taken from students whose mathematics teachers and school administrators participated in the NELS:88 school survey, for a final student sample of 4,848. Indicators were chosen from data for the student and teacher surveys. The study offers evidence that the relationship between education indicators and academic learning differs depending on the level of skill under investigation. When studying the effects of various inputs and processes of schooling on student learning, the researcher should move away from the strict use of total scores and consider the use of scores that break down student achievement into learning at various levels. An appendix discusses the structural equation model used for the analysis. (Contains 3 figures, 15 tables, and 46 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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