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dc.contributor.advisorMoore, George W
dc.creatorAnderson, Pamela Bennett
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-03T13:44:28Z
dc.date.available2016-11-03T13:44:28Z
dc.date.created2016-12
dc.date.issued2016-11-03
dc.date.submittedDecember 2016
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11875/51
dc.description.abstractPurpose The purpose of the first study was to ascertain the extent to which differences were present in the STAAR Mathematics and Science test scores by Grade 5 and Grade 8 student economic status. The purpose of the second study was to examine differences in Grade 5 STAAR Mathematics and Science test performance by gender and by ethnicity/race (i.e., Asian, Black, Hispanic, and White). Finally, with respect to the third study in this journal-ready dissertation, the purpose was to investigate the STAAR Mathematics and Science test scores of Grade 8 students by gender and by ethnicity/race (i.e., Asian, Black, Hispanic, and White). Method For this journal-ready dissertation, a non-experimental, causal-comparative research design (Creswell, 2009) was used in all three studies. Grade 5 and Grade 8 STAAR Mathematics and Science test data were analyzed for the 2011-2012 through the 2014-2015 school years. The dependent variables were the STAAR Mathematics and Science test scores for Grade 5 and Grade 8. The independent variables analyzed in these studies were student economic status, gender, and ethnicity/race. Findings Regarding the first study, statistically significant differences were present in Grade 5 and Grade 8 STAAR Mathematics and Science test scores by student economic status for each year. Moderate effect sizes (Cohen’s d) were present for each year of the study for the Grade 5 STAAR Mathematics and Science exams, Grade 8 Science exams, and the 2014-2015 Grade 8 STAAR Mathematics exam. However, a small effect size was present for the 2011-2012 through 2013-2014 Grade 8 STAAR Mathematics exam. Regarding the second and third study, statistically significant differences were revealed for Grade 5 and Grade 8 STAAR Mathematics and Science test scores based on gender, with trivial effect sizes. Furthermore, statistically significant differences were present in these test scores by ethnicity/race, with moderate effects for each year of the study. With regard to each year for both studies, Asian students had the highest average test scores, followed by White, Hispanic, and Black students, respectively. Thus, a stairstep achievement gap (Carpenter, Ramirez, & Severn, 2006) was present.
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dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectScience achievement
dc.subjectMathematics achievement
dc.subjectStudent economic status
dc.subjectAsian
dc.subjectBlack
dc.subjectHispanic
dc.subjectWhite
dc.subjectGender
dc.subjectProblem-based learning
dc.subjectSTEM
dc.titleDIFFERENCES IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE PERFORMANCE BY ECONOMIC STATUS, GENDER, AND ETHNICITY/RACE: A MULTIYEAR TEXAS STATEWIDE STUDY
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2016-11-03T13:44:29Z
thesis.degree.departmentEducational Leadership
thesis.degree.grantorSam Houston State University
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Education
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMartinez-Garcia, Cynthia
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSlate, John
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dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-5659-4405


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