The current study examined factors that affect assessment scores of public elementary and middle school students. It was hypothesized that non-instructional district-level variables would significantly predict state accountability test (SACT) results for these schools. Data for Michigan school districts were gathered on several district-level variables including free or reduced breakfast and/or lunch (FRL), pupil/teacher ratio (PTR), and foundation allowance per pupil (FA). These variables were compared to scores from the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) for mathematics, reading, and writing tests for grades 4 through 8 in each Michigan school district. Results of this study suggested that the FRL was the only significant predictor of statewide achievement scores. Potential implications and suggestions for future research are included.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Psychology and Education|
|State||Published - 2004|