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ERIC Number: ED536600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Importance of Subgroup Membership and Its Contribution to Equitable School District Comparisons. Research Brief. Volume 1005
Froman, Terry
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
When one compares summary FCAT data from the Miami-Dade district to other major districts in the State, it appears that student performance in Miami-Dade district is generally lower. However, overall summary data can be deceiving. Part of the reason is that the subgroups that make up each district have distinctly different success rates. One can get a clear picture of this by comparing the subgroup performances over the whole State. The subgroups reported on in this paper are those readily available from the NCLB Adequate Yearly Progress Report. The phenomenon investigated here is relevant for the subgroups identified, but also for other unmeasured or, as yet, unidentified subgroups. More importantly, the differential representation of subgroups with unique educational requirements can have wide-ranging effects throughout the district. Districts with high proportions of particularly challenging subpopulations are forced to redirect their limited educational assets to meet these demands. The assessment of effectiveness and distribution of resources across districts should reflect these differences.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Research Services
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test