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ERIC Number: ED535753
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 101
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2670-4772-4
The Relationship between Standardized Test Scores of Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Students in Title I and Non-Title I Schools
Heier, Sharon L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Federal Title I funding has been allocated to districts since 1965 in an effort to provide schools with a high population of identified low socioeconomic students with additional resources to close the achievement gap. The basis for this study was to ascertain whether the Title I funding that schools received was having a positive impact on student achievement in a north Texas school district as measured by the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test. This quantitative study was guided by the constructivist theory and examined reading and math TAKS scores of 1,639 fourth grade students from the 2008-2009 school year. Two sets of analyses were performed to address the research questions. In one set, the reading and mathematics performance of all students was compared between Title I and non-Title campuses. Results of the independent samples t test for both reading and mathematics indicated that the differences in means between Title I and non-Title I campuses were statistically significantly different. The means of Title I campuses were less than those of non-Title I campuses in reading and mathematics by 5.4 and 5.3 percentage points, respectively. However, when the performance of only economically disadvantaged students was compared between Title I and non-Title I campuses, a statistically significant difference in the means was not detected for either reading or mathematics. The implications for positive social change are: (a) restructuring of the allocation of Title I funds, and (b) changed perceptions of Title I schools and the academic challenges they face. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I