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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The study of interstate and intrastate mobility effects on student achievement
by Gullion, Darin K., Ed.D., Indiana University, 2009, 104; 3361501
Abstract (Summary)

This study again tries to answer the question of whether mobility has a significant effect on student achievement. This study makes a distinction between intrastate mobility, defined as moving from one school district in a state to another school district in the same state, and interstate mobility, defined as moving from a school district in one state to a school district in another state. The type of mobility may be important because of the atmosphere of current educational environments. An environment of highly state-prescribed curricula and high-stakes state testing may lead to significant inequity for mobile students. These students may not be afforded the same opportunity to learn the curriculum as non-mobile and interstate mobile students.

This research study used quantitative methods to analyze data, collected from two school districts in Southeastern Indiana. The primary statistical tool was multiple regression using SPSS software. The study focused on the mobility and achievement levels of current 10th grade students enrolled in the two selected school districts during the 2006-07 school year. The research question was: “How does the amount of time a student is enrolled in an Indiana school district affect student achievement scores at the 10th grade level for students who experience intrastate and interstate mobility when compared to one another and non-mobile students?”

Overall mobility had a significant effect, but there was not a significant difference between interstate and intrastate mobility.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Toutkoushian, Robert K.
School: Indiana University
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 70/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: School administration
Keywords: Achievement, Interstate, Intrastate, Mobility
Publication Number: 3361501
ISBN: 978-1-109-20349-3
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