Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Music participation and effects on academic achievement and standardized test scores
by Little, Mark J., Ph.D., Capella University, 2015, 89; 3700910
Abstract (Summary)

Minimal scholarly research exists about the influence of music involvement on standardized test scores. The audience for this doctoral dissertation included learners' parents, music educators, general education teachers, administrators, and stakeholders in the learning community. Southern California middle-school students continue to perform below standards in academic achievement tests, specifically the California Achievement Tests (CATs). These achievement tests (CSTs) are now titled California Common Core State Standards. The goal of this research paper is to explain the relationships between music involvement and scores on standardized tests. Data collection processes started by obtaining reliable standardized achievement test scores (2013 CSTs) from two anonymous middle schools in two different school districts. Each data source was from a total of 1750 middle-school students' written annotations and multiple choice performance measures. California Standardized Test performance measures were the main instrument for comparing the two data sets. Causal-comparative research design incorporating secondary data was implemented as a quantitative method for measuring standardized test scores from sixth- through eighth-grade middle-school learners in Southern California school districts. Data collection involved accumulating middle-school students' scores from the California Achievement Tests (CATs). Performance measures from California standardized tests (CSTs) in mathematics and English language arts were analyzed by applying SPSS software (SPSS Software Version 22). Results from both middle schools revealed higher scores for music participants than non-music participants on both mathematics and English language arts 2013 standardized tests.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pulkinen, Catherine
Commitee: Gable, Karla, Kanai, Therese
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 76/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational tests & measurements, Music, Middle School education
Keywords: California standardized tests, Music participation
Publication Number: 3700910
ISBN: 978-1-321-71153-0
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