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ERIC Number: EJ874471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-2870
School-Related Influences on Grade 8 Mathematics Performance in Massachusetts
Stotsky, Sandra; Bradley, Rafael; Warren, Eugene
Third Education Group Review, v1 n1 p1-32 2005
Less than one third of American eighth graders score in the two highest performance levels on the grade 8 mathematics test given by the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Only a little over one third of Massachusetts eighth graders score at the two highest performance levels on the state's own grade 8 mathematics test. In 2002, the Massachusetts Department of Education funded research to explore why there had been no significant growth in the percent of grade 8 students performing at the two highest levels on the state's grade 8 mathematics tests. An analysis of quantitative data obtained from administrators and teachers in a representative sample of 60 schools throughout the state in 2003 identified school-based factors that were significantly associated with the 20 of the 60 schools that both "increased above the state average increase" the percent of grade 8 students performing at the two highest performance levels on the state's grade 8 mathematics test and simultaneously "decreased above the state average decrease" the percent of grade 8 students performing at the lowest performance level. A significantly higher percent of teachers in these 20 schools reported spending a great deal of time reviewing and using test results, having a voice in the choice of their instructional materials, using accelerated and leveled algebra I classes to address the needs of above grade students, and less frequent use of calculators in non-algebra classes. At a time when teachers in all states are being held accountable for increasing the achievement of all their students, these findings warrant exploration on a nationwide scale. (Contains 17 tables and 11 footnotes.)
Third Education Group. http://www.tegr.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System; National Assessment of Educational Progress