The influence of variables on school report cards regarding the passing rates for students taking the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) in New Jerseys comprehensive high schools. Megan A. Jones

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The influence of variables on school report cards regarding the passing rates for students taking the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) in New Jerseys comprehensive high schools.  by  Megan A. Jones

The influence of variables on school report cards regarding the passing rates for students taking the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) in New Jerseys comprehensive high schools. by Megan A. Jones
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Increased governmental calls for school accountability have led to the use of report cards and high-stakes test results to evaluate schools. Knowing which factors affect student performance allows educators and/or researchers to identifyMoreIncreased governmental calls for school accountability have led to the use of report cards and high-stakes test results to evaluate schools. Knowing which factors affect student performance allows educators and/or researchers to identify opportunities that encourage student achievement on high-stakes tests.

The purpose of this study was to determine whether it was possible to create a predictive model for student achievement on the New Jersey High School Proficiency Exam (HSPA) utilizing information collected by the State of New Jersey for use on school Report Cards. The study also sought to determine whether educators have an implicit understanding of the relationships between variables included on the School Report Card and student performance on the HSPA.-The study analyzed Report Card data to create predictive models for a schools passing rate for All Students and relevant subgroups for the Literacy Arts and Mathematics sections of the HSPA.

The study looked at the relationship between HSPA passing rates and variables found on the Report Card through regression analysis and a Principal Component Analysis (PCA). Finally, the study examined educator perceptions about the relationships between factors on the Report Card and student achievement on the HSPA. The instrumentation included data included on New Jerseys School Report Cards for comprehensive high schools, a survey, and a structured interview guide.

The quantitative data from the Report Cards and surveys were analyzed using appropriate computer software. The qualitative data from the surveys and interviews were analyzed manually to uncover patterns and themes in educator responses.-The study created predictive models for the passing rate of All Students in a school on the Literacy Arts and Mathematics sections of the HSPA. Each predictive model for All Students was scrutinized to determine to which ethnic and at-risk subgroups included on the Report Card the predictive model applies.

The predictive models indicate the percentage of students in a subgroup expected to pass the HSPA. The predictive models provide educators with the opportunity to compare a schools actual passing rate with its expected passing rate for each section on the HSPA. The comparison between the actual and predicted passing rates provides additional information about a schools performance on the HSPA. Schools can utilize the comparison of passing rates to determine whether a school is performing below, at, or above expected levels on the HSPA. In this way, the predictive models provide educators with a new tool to examine student performance on the HSPA.-The ability to identify accurately those factors that affect the learning of various groups of students, especially at-risk groups, holds great potential in helping students and educators improve the educational process and increase the percentage of students able to pass the HSPA.

The use of the data provided on the Report Card in conjunction with the multifaceted predictive model creates not just a pass/fail classification of schools but a matrix of six possible intersections. These intersections between Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) and expectations provide schools with additional information about how students are performing compared to expected passing rates. The study concludes with a set of implications for educators, school officials, and legislators along with selected avenues for related research.



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