The relationship between NCLB variables and selected variables with high school subject area test scores
Barron, Kenyon M.
AdvisorDurrington, A. Vance
No Child Left Behind (NCLB; 2002) requires student assessment to be reported by school districts based on certain demographic variables. Research indicated that other variables may relate to student achievement. This study calculated the relationship between average school district scores and the demographic variables required by NCLB (ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, special needs, migrant status and English language learners) as well as literature identified variables (source of district funding, pupil-to-teacher ratio, average teacher salary, per-pupil-expenditure, school district population size.) The subject area tests used for this study were Algebra I, Biology I, English II and United States History tests for all districts in the state of Mississippi. The study found that there was a relationship between ethnicity, and socio-economic status of students and the district?s average scores on the subject area tests, and the gender of students showed a very weak relationship. Source of funding and per-pupil-expenditure returned a significant relationship, and population size and teacher salary was significant, but weaker and more sporadic. Further research is suggested for some of the variables.