The Texas Student Success Initiative: Effects on the Initial Third Grade Students

The Texas Student Success Initiative: Effects on the Initial Third Grade Students

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This study was designed to investigate the effects of the Texas Student Success Initiative begun in 2003 on the first group of third grade students affected by the initiative. Participants in the study were from a large district located in Northeast Texas. The study followed thirty-one third grade students retained in 2003 to examine the results of retention related to academic achievement. Information for an additional seventeen third grade students who were placed in grade four was used to make a comparison between the 2006 test scores of the two groups. The results of testing from 2004, 2005, and 2006, on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills reading test, for the retained students were examined. Data were analyzed using a correlational method, specifically the Pearson r correlation coefficient. Analysis of the data indicated no significant correlation between the retention of third grade students and their passing rates for three following years. A statistically significant correlation was found when examining the improvement on subsequent tests. A t-test was conducted to compare the 2006 test scores between those students who had been retained in 2003 and those who had been placed in the next grade. Results indicated no significant difference between the two groups over an extended period of four years. For educational stakeholders, these findings provide insight into the practice of retention and the effects on student achievement.The test includes several unrelated reading passages with approximately forty questions. With the fourth grade reading test students are introduced to expository texts, and paired selections, or two separate, but related, passages. They mustanbsp;...

Title:The Texas Student Success Initiative: Effects on the Initial Third Grade Students
Author: Sally Jane Sims
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008

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