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ERIC Number: EJ1015461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 1
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
A Closer Look at Teachers' Assessment of Math Preparation
White, Susan
Physics Teacher, v51 n5 p297 May 2013
As we saw in the April issue, over 70% of high school physics teachers believe that their students' math background is at least adequate for the course. However, a very different picture emerges when we take a closer look. In the figure at right, we have separated private schools and public schools by socioeconomic status (SES). Although the majority of teachers at both public and private schools described their students as adequately prepared for physics in terms of their math backgrounds, teachers at private schools were significantly more likely to describe their students as very well prepared (23% versus 11%) and significantly less likely to describe their students as inadequately prepared (19% versus 32%). Furthermore, teachers at public schools where students were "worse off" economically were more likely to find their students inadequately prepared than teachers at other public schools. Have a great summer; we will see you in the fall with more data. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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