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ERIC Number: EJ1092659
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
Do Structural Equity Issues in Middle Schools Lead to Achievement Disparities?
Wolf, Chyrese S.
Current Issues in Middle Level Education, v17 n1 p19-29 2012
Striking statistically significant differences were noted across school ranking conditions in terms of professional teacher preparation, organizational health variables, school leadership characteristics, academic emphasis, and resource support. The general conclusion of this study is that a strong correlation exists between structural equity issues in middle schools and academic achievement. A large representative sample of middle schools was targeted for systematic study. The schools were categorized into three clusters (high, middle, and low performing schools). Participants were asked to complete an adapted version of the Hoy and Sabo (1998) OHI-RM (Organizational Health Inventory- Revised Middle) instrument. Statistically significant differences were documented across the three categories. The findings provide support for the view that structural instructional problems may create educational inequities that lead to academic achievement disparities.
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Equal Education, Achievement Gap, Academic Achievement, Statistical Significance, Correlation, Academic Rank (Professional), School Effectiveness, Institutional Evaluation, Mixed Methods Research, Educational Environment, Leadership Styles, Teacher Education, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Principals
National Association of Professors of Middle Level Education. Web site: http://www.napomle.org/journal.html
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A