ERIC Number: ED452267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Moving Targets: Student Mobility and School and Student Achievement.
This study examined the extent of student mobility in Alberta, Canada, its relationship to individual student achievement, and its effect on school performance on achievement tests, using data from Alberta Learning. A strong and clear relationship was found between number of school changes and performance on achievement tests in all courses and at all grade levels tested. Students who changed schools more often had lower average scores in nearly direct proportion to the number of school changes. Some of the differences seem to be a result of differences in ability levels and socioeconomic factors among different mobility groups. A mobility index was designed that allowed the examination of the relationship of student mobility index with school levels of students meeting standards on achievement tests. Separate indexes were calculated for lower elementary, upper elementary, and junior high grades. Most schools were clustered at the lower end of the distributions, while a significant number of schools had much higher mobility index values than average. Analyses showed substantial correlations between mobility index values and the percentages of students meeting standards for schools with 20 or more students. The relationships seemed to be strongest with schools with index values above the median. (Contains 22 tables, 10 figures, and 4 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Learning, Edmonton.
Identifiers - Location: Canada