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ERIC Number: ED430036
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 25
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Measuring Achievement Growth in an 18-Day Summer School Session.
Haenn, Joseph F.
In 1997 the Board of Education of the Durham (North Carolina) Public Schools passed a policy that required all students performing below grade level on the Eighth Grade Competency Test in either reading or mathematics to attend summer school and demonstrate progress in order to be eligible for promotion to the next grade. This requirement was later extended to fifth grade students as well. Tests were constructed to measure student growth in mathematics during the summer school session. Differences between results on the test taken as a pretest and as a posttest were used as a measure of growth for each student. The average student gained between 3 points (grade 5) and 3.5 points (grade 8) in mathematics during the 15 days of instruction between the pretest and posttest. Over 76% of fifth graders had positive gain scores, and about 70% of eighth graders had positive scores. The proportion of students who demonstrated growth may be attributed, at least in part, to the provision of instructionally relevant diagnostic information to teachers at the beginning of the summer school session as well as to the seriousness with which students faced the summer school experience. Appendixes contain test item specifications and characteristics, a sample principal memo and report, and information on the frequency distribution of student gain scores. (Contains seven tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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