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ERIC Number: ED549741
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 110
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2673-0435-3
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Would Einstein Be Proficient? A Study of High School Science Course Sequencing and Proficiency on FCAT Science
Nearor, Nicole D.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The main focus of this study was to investigate if, or to what extent, there is a significant relationship between high school science course sequencing and proficiency on 11th grade Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) Science. The Florida Legislature mandated a specific number of sciences as a requirement for graduation. High schools students must have "three credits in science, two of which must have a laboratory component" (Florida Legislature, 2010). There is no recommendation from the Florida Department of Education on which high school science courses will most likely prepare students to be proficient on 11th grade FCAT Science. This study provides data for local school districts to determine which high school science courses can lead to proficiency on standardized science assessments. Further, this research can be used to help Florida school districts meet the Race To The Top mandates for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Local school districts can analyze current science sequences are not meeting the goals of increasing student performance in STEM-related courses, then "reorder the curriculum to support better aligned learning experiences for students" (FCR-STEM, 2011, p. 15). The recommendations from this research can help state education departments to conduct annual science assessments to examine science progress that will help lead students towards the most appropriate high school STEM-related career academy. Archived, quantitative data was used to conduct bivariate, correlational tests to investigate if a statistically significant relationship existed between high school science course sequencing and 11th grade FCAT Science proficiency. Moreover, both the 10th grade FCAT Reading scores and 10th grade FCAT Mathematics scores were analyzed to see if either 10th grade standardized test had a greater association to proficiency on the 11th grade FCAT Science. All of the null hypotheses were rejected. Based upon the findings of this study, there is a statistically significant relationship between high school science course sequencing and proficiency on 11th grade FCAT Science. Further, there is a an equal association between the 10th grade FCAT Reading scores and proficiency on 11th grade FCAT Science and 10th grade FCAT Mathematics scores and proficiency on 11th grade FCAT Science. [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: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools; Grade 11; Grade 10
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test