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ERIC Number: ED556609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 147
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3036-8174-5
Exploring the Academic Achievement Gap among Hispanic Students on State Standardized Tests
Melendez, Ruth L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Phoenix
Historically Hispanic students have lagged behind African American, White, and other ethnic groups in academics. The Hispanic population is the fastest growing minority group in the United States. The increase of Hispanic students in our schools has created significant concerns among educators. The schools are not prepared to meet the needs of Hispanic students, and comply with the mandates of No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The purpose of this qualitative research and case study design explores the academic achievement gap among Hispanic students on standardized tests. The research design is a qualitative case study that includes voluntary parent and teacher participants of Hispanic students scoring below level in reading, writing, and math on state standardized tests from an elementary school in Orange County, Florida. The selected sample size for the study consisted of five Hispanic parents and eight teachers. The parent and teacher participants participated in a one-on-one semi-structured interview. The themes that generated from the interviews include parental involvement, professional development, school culture, and school resources. The findings support parent and teacher perception of the academic achievement gap among Hispanic students. The findings support that parental involvement, professional development, school culture, and school resources are perceived to be an important factor of the academic achievement gap. The findings support that changes need to be made for a difference in the learning environment of Hispanic students. [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: Florida
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001