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ERIC Number: ED425170
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Pages: 89
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The Effect of Transient Students' Scores on the Norm of One High School's Standardized Basic Skills Test Battery.
Hill, Carolyn Stevens
The effect of the standardized test scores of transient students on the mean of the 9th, 10th, and 11th grade standardized test scores of a school was studied. The groups used in the study were grades 9, 10, and 11 at a new high school in Clarksburg (West Virginia). The study was conducted in the spring of 1998. Groups consisted of 204 9th graders, 219 10th graders, and 217 11th graders. The Basic Skills battery scores of the Scholastic Assessments Tests administered in April 1998 were used as raw data to determine if there was any significant difference in the achievement of the two groups, transfer and nontransfer, by performing t-tests. Two different comparisons were used to analyze the data for each class. First, the entire class mean was compared to the mean of the nontransfer students. Using analysis data derived from a t-test, no significant difference was found between the two means. Secondly, the mean of nontransfer students was compared to the mean of transfer students. Using a t-test for analysis, no significant difference was found between the two means. At the 0.05 level of significance, there was no significant difference in the groups. Results of this study seem to indicate that transient students did not have a significant effect on the school's scores, but this was possibly because only 50% of the school's transient students actually tested. The other 50% had moved to another school by test time. The transfer students' mean may also have been high since the school is new and serves as a magnet center attracting students desiring higher level classes not offered in all schools. The school had an open enrollment policy allowing students from surrounding counties admission. The school also hosted a number of foreign exchange students who tested. Three appendixes contain letters used in the study and test data for all students and transfer students. (Contains 6 tables and 64 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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