ERIC Number: EJ1093632
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Special Education--Non-Special Education Achievement Gap in Math: Effects of Reporting Methods, Analytical Techniques, and Reclassification
Thurlow, Martha L.; Wu, Yi-Chen; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Ysseldyke, James E.
Exceptionality, v24 n1 p32-44 2016
Federal regulations indicate that the achievement gap must be closed between subgroups, including the gap between special education and non-special education students. We explored the ways in which achievement trends are influenced by three methods of reporting (cross-sectional, cohort-static, and cohort-dynamic). We also investigated (a) the ways in which achievement gaps change when different analytical techniques (proficiency levels, scale scores, effect size) are used, and (b) the relationship between student achievement and the extent to which students' special education status changes across years. We conclude by discussing the practical and policy implications of using the three methods for reporting data about the performance gap.
Descriptors: Special Education, Achievement Gap, Mathematics Achievement, Change, Data Analysis, Cohort Analysis, Scores, Classification, Student Characteristics, Comparative Analysis, Effect Size, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 3; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: H373X070021