ERIC Number: ED455118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Dec-3
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An Analysis of the Selection Criteria for the Eighth Grade Algebra I Accelerated Mathematics Program in Harrison County, West Virginia.
This study analyzed the criteria used in Harrison County, WV, to select students to participate in an accelerated mathematics program. The program's main component is an eighth grade Algebra I course that enables the students to complete five years of college preparatory mathematics, ending with calculus. The scores used as selection criteria, CTBS concepts, CTBS computation, and pre-algebra grades, were all found to be good predictors of success. The results indicate, however that the current standards need to be raised. Requiring higher scores would eliminate a significant number of program dropouts (currently 51%). A fourth selection criteria, a 65th percentile on the Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test, could not be evaluated since there was no record of such test results. However, other studies indicate that both an algebra prognosis test and an assessment of interest would be helpful. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Note: Master of Arts Thesis, Salem-Teikyo University.