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ERIC Number: EJ1118452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2167-8693
Examining the Relationship between Math Scores and English Language Proficiency
Henry, Denfield L.; Nistor, Nicolae; Baltes, Beate
Journal of Educational Research and Practice, v4 n1 p11-29 2016
Multiple studies propose that English proficiency dictates English language learners' (ELLs) performances on mathematics assessments. The current study investigates the predictive power of English proficiency on mathematics scores, while controlling for gender, socioeconomic status (SES), and grade level among ELLs at a south Florida elementary school. Krashen's theory of comprehensible input as a precursor to second language acquisition provides the framework for this quantitative, correlation study. Mathematics scores from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test for Grade 3-5 ELLs (N = 177) were analyzed using multiple linear regression. Analysis reveals English proficiency as a statistically significant predictor of mathematics scores. Mathematics scores increase simultaneously with English proficiency but inversely with grade level. Grade level moderates the influence of English proficiency on mathematics scores. Gender and SES have no significant moderating influence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test
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