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The Effects of the No Child Left Behind Act: An Exploration of the Standardized Test Scores of Special and General Education Student Populations Amber Baumann December 13 th, 2011
Presentation Introduction Review of relevant literature Discussion of research problem and questions Research design Timeline Questions?
The No Child Left Behind Act Enacted in 2002 as a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Provisions include the requirement of “highly qualified” teachers and that each state set “one high, challenging standard” for students Requires statewide standardized testing of all schools receiving federal funding Schools are assigned Annual Yearly Progress scores that are used to determine future funding
Relevant Literature Is NCLB effective? Caillier (2007)- Between 2004 and 2006 only two states met NCLB goals Fuller, et. al. (2007) Some states have lowered standards since NCLB’s enactment Balfanz, et. al. (2007)- NCLB standards deem some improving schools as inadequate (esp. those with larger percentages of disadvantaged students)
Relevant Literature Standardized Testing and Special Education Populations Au (2007)- Special Education Students have learning needs not catered to in general education classrooms Cawthon (2007)- NCLB components unevenly applied to students with diverse backgrounds
Relevant Literature Negative Consequences Roderik and Nagoaka (2005)- Students who fear consequences develop negative test-taking strategies Lomax, et. al. (1995)- Low test scores track students into classrooms with limited ranges of instruction; leads to lower test scores Orlich (2004)- Schools often fail to meet AYP scores due to test scores of subgroups (special education, low income, English language learners)
Research Problem Given what we know about the No Child Left Behind Act, its dependence on standardized testing as a measurement of academic progress, and the potential consequences for schools who fail to meet the set standards, are there statistically significant differences in special education and general education academic progress rates (as judged by standardized testing) since the inception of NCLB that can have negative consequences for schools?
Research Questions Is the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act associated with improved test scores in special education populations? Are there significant differences in improvement of special education standardized test scores compared with those of general education populations? Is a lower percentage of special education students within a county associated with higher standardized test scores for the county as a whole?
Hypotheses NCLB interventions will have little effect on special education test scores There will be a statistically significant difference in the improvement of standardized test scores of special education and general education populations since the implementation of NCLB Counties with low percentages of special education students will be associated with higher standardized test scores for the county as a whole
Research Design Longitudinal study that uses cross sectional data Study will include ninth grade English-Language Arts and Mathematics test scores from each year from 2000 to 2010 Study will examine the change of both general and special education students’ test scores over time Second part of the study will look at the percentage of special education students within each county
Operationalization of Variables Dependent variables are the average test scores of the students in each county Independent variables Students’ classification as special education or general education student Counties’ classification as having a low (10% and below), medium (11-20%), or high (21% and over) percentage of special education students
Source of Data California Department of Education Standardized testing records from each school, district, and county for each grade (K-12) each year Study will use each of 58 counties’ average test scores for both English-Language Arts and Mathematics for ninth graders for each year from 2000 to 2010
Method Data will be analyzed quantitatively, comparing percentages of improvement for both special education and general education mean standardized scores for each year over the time frame Regression analysis will be used to determine correlation between percentage of a county’s special education population and its mean standardized test score
Timeline January 2012Collect secondary data from California Department of Education website February 2012Clean up data March 2012Enter data into SPSS, run quantitative analysis April 2012Analyze findings May 2012Present research findings
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