ERIC Number: ED440144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Grade 3 Classrooms and Student Performance in Texas Public Schools. Statewide Texas Educational Progress Study, Report No. 6A.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
This research was undertaken to understand grade 3 students and teachers in Texas more fully and to explore the relationships between student characteristics, teaching practices, and materials in grade 3 classrooms and student performance in grade 3. Survey data was received from teachers for 7,216 students from 93 campuses and 72 districts around the state. This report looks at characteristics of Texas third graders, such as gender, ethnicity, English proficiency, economic status, and performance on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). Third-grade teachers are also profiled. The report also presents teacher assessments of academic readiness, classroom behaviors, academic growth, and performance. Program services, instructional methods, and classroom practices are detailed, as well as teaching materials and computer use. Findings indicate that the majority of third graders began the year ready for the academic demands of third grade. Most teachers use a diverse set of teaching practices. Teachers reported that the majority of students mastered most or all of the Essential Elements in seven subject areas, and the majority of students with high perceived mastery passed the TAAS reading and mathematics tests. Three appendixes contain a table of teacher characteristics and assessments of students and the questionnaires about teacher and student characteristics. (Contains 8 tables and 19 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Grade 3, Primary Education, Public Schools, Standardized Tests, Student Characteristics, Surveys, Teacher Characteristics, Teachers, Teaching Methods, Test Results
Texas Education Agency, Publications Distribution, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-1494 ($4). Tel: 512-475-3523.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas