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ERIC Number: ED551673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 136
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2678-1329-9
The Latino Education Crisis: School-Level Factors Influencing Student Achievement
Kieffer, Christie
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The purpose of this research was to quantitatively examine the relationships among various school-level factors (school socioeconomic status, school size, average class size, and teacher effectiveness) and to determine which school-level factors predict Latino academic achievement and Adequate Yearly Progress. Measuring teacher effectiveness is at the forefront of private funders' and policymakers' agendas due to recent research on teachers' ability to effectively close the achievement gap for all students. Though researchers have found that school size and class size affect student achievement, there is a current reallocation of educational funding from class-size reduction and school-size reduction to assessing teacher effectiveness. This reallocation of funding is affecting all student groups, including the Latino student group--a group which is growing in size but failing in terms of academic achievement. Previous research has not well documented which school-level factors best influence Latino student achievement. To address this problem, data were collected from 313 elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District using a non-random and purposive sample. Correlation and multiple regression analyses were used to assess the relationships between the variables. Findings from the current study suggest that socioeconomic status and teacher effectiveness predict Latino student achievement, and socioeconomic status and the percentage of Latino students at a school predict Adequate Yearly Progress. These results concur with the current movement in K-12 education towards measuring teacher effectiveness. [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
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California