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ERIC Number: EJ760140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4308
Viewing the School Environment through Multiple Lenses: In Search of School-Level Variables Tied to Student Achievement
Wood, Nathan B.; Lawrenz, Frances; Huffman, Douglas; Schultz, Matt
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v43 n3 p237-254 Mar 2006
The "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) Act has made schools accountable for assuring adequate yearly progress of students. Therefore, it has become critical to identify school-level variables that can be controlled to affect student achievement, especially given that, thus far, most school reform efforts have failed to significantly affect student achievement. This study identifies four theoretical constructs, three unique sets of empirical factors (one set for each group: students, teachers, and principals), and seven experiential themes that describe the middle school environment. However, none of these variables show any predictive relationships with achievement, which suggests current federal policies, such as NCLB, are inappropriate and unlikely to lead to improvements in science education in the USA. In addition, students, teachers, and principals were found to perceive the school environment in very different ways, indicating further investigation of student culture is needed to determine appropriate changes that might lead to real improvements in achievement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001