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Rural Educator, v30 n2 p20-28 Win 2009

The purpose of this study was to determine whether there exists a relationship between student achievement in Texas, as measured by the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test, and the size of the high school at different socioeconomic levels. This study compared five size categories of Texas high schools to determine which size high school had the highest percentage of eleventh grade students passing all four sections (reading, writing, math, and science) of the TAKS test. Data were examined for statistical significance using an ANOVA and a post hoc Scheffe test. The findings indicate that smaller rural schools experience higher percentages of students passing all four parts of the eleventh grade TAKS test in Texas than the larger urban and suburban schools where 25 % or more of the students are living in low socioeconomic situations. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)

Descriptors: Suburban Schools, High Schools, Rural Schools, Statistical Significance, School Size, Small Schools, Correlation, Academic Achievement, Socioeconomic Status, Comparative Analysis, Grade 11, Urban Schools, Socioeconomic Influences

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Author: Stewart, Lee


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