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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Elementary school student achievement: An analysis of school size and student achievement
by Odom, Natalie M., Ed.D., University of Central Florida, 2009, 155; 3401092
Abstract (Summary)

Student achievement is the cornerstone of educational intuitions. Having a comprehensive understanding of what factors into having a successful student achievement rate requires the use of previous research and analyzing of historical accounts. The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a difference in student achievement when elementary school size was a factor. The analysis of the results offered beneficial information pertaining to Florida’s public schools while providing a stepping stone towards future research. The results of this study and subsequent studies can provide information and guidance to decision makers regarding school size relative to student achievement.

The population for this data was obtained from the Florida Department of Education’s Florida Schools Indicator Reports. Three elementary schools were selected from each school district in the state of Florida based on its student enrollment. A small school consisted of an enrollment of 1-300 students, a medium school consisted of 301-500 students, and a school was considered large if its enrollment was 600 students or more. From these schools, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) mathematics and reading scores were analyzed.

Analysis of the data revealed that there was no statistically significant difference found for student achievement in mathematics when school size was a factor. However, there was a statistically significant difference found in student achievement in reading. The significance was found to lie between medium and large schools, with large schools scoring significantly better than medium schools.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Murray, Kenneth
School: University of Central Florida
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 71/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: School administration, Elementary education
Keywords: Achievement, Elementary school students, Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, School size
Publication Number: 3401092
ISBN: 978-1-109-68296-0
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