Ethnicity, Gender, Attitudes and Mathematics Achievement: The 1992 NAEP Trial State Assessment.Report as inadecuate

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This study investigates the relationship between the mathematics attitudes of over 32,000 Hispanic and Asian students in the 1992 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Mathematics Trial State Assessment, by gender and ethnicity, and by their mathematics performance scores. Descriptive inferential statistical procedures designed for NAEP secondary data analysis were used. Results show that Asian 8th grade females were the only female group that slightly outperformed their male Asian peers. At both grade levels, female and male Asian students' average math proficiency was at the basic achievement level established by the NAEP National Assessment Governing Board, whereas female and male Hispanic students at both grade levels were below the lower bound for this achievement level. Results also indicate that most of the attitude variables were significant predictors of Hispanic and Asian students mathematics achievement, with slight differences between Hispanic and Asian 4th grade students of both gender groups regarding attitudes to be important predictors of math achievement. A more discrepant profile was found for the 8th grade students by gender and ethnicity. Appendices include the variables used in statistical analysis. Contains 30 references. (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Asian Americans, Cross Cultural Studies, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Studies, Ethnicity, Hispanic Americans, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation

Author: Simich-Dudgeon, Carmen


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