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ERIC Number: ED502395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
Performance Patterns for Students with Disabilities in Grade 4 Mathematics Education in New York State. Issues & Answers. REL 2008-No. 050
Buckley, Katie; Ehrlich, Stacy; Midouhas, Emily; Brodesky, Amy
Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands
This report describes the mathematics performance of grade 4 students with disabilities across schools categorized by need-to-resource capacity and compares their performance by school with that of general education students across New York State from 2003 to 2005. Three research questions are examined: (1) What is the mathematics performance of public school grade 4 students with disabilities in New York State? (2) How has the performance of grade 4 students with disabilities and grade 4 general education students changed over time? and (3) What is the gap in proficiency percentages between grade 4 general education students and grade 4 students with disabilities? The report illustrates the types of analyses that state and district leaders can conduct with publicly reported data, along with the ways the findings can be interpreted. Limitations of the analyses include examining cross-sectional data on the percentage of proficient students rather than examining longitudinal data on actual student scores, lacking information on types and severity of disabilities, and applying the district-level need-to-resource-capacity categorization at the school level. Findings indicate that the percentage of students with disabilities scoring proficient increased over time and that the proficiency gap between this subgroup and general education students narrowed by 1 percentage point. Performance trends in the Northeast and Islands Region mirror those of the country. Findings and limitations may be important as states move forward in analyzing subgroup performance and proficiency gap data and in making data-driven decisions. Three appendixes include: (1) Data sources, exclusions, and limitations; (2) Student and school composition of need-to-resource-capacity categories; and (3) Supplemental figures on student performance. (Contains 4 notes, 13 figures, and 8 tables.) [This report was prepared for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) by Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands administered by Education Development Center, Inc.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands (ED)
Identifiers - Location: New York
IES Funded: Yes