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A Case Study of a School District Assessment System and its Correlation with Student Performance in Physical Sciences
written by Angela M. Kelly, Thea Charles, Minsu Ha, and Keith Sheppard
This preliminary study explored the relationship among several school-level accountability measures and student physics and chemistry performance in New York City public schools. The NYC Department of Education prepared a three-year Quality Review and annual Progress Report for each high school in the district, assigning grades to assess overall school quality. Both scores were based upon a number of factors about the school including student progress in all subject areas, college and career readiness, attendance, and graduation rates. These scores presented consequential validity in the form of reputation and school desirability for students and their families. Concurrently, the New York State Education Department published annual student performance data on high-stakes Regents examinations in several content areas, including the physical sciences (physics, chemistry). Statistical relationships among these variables were explored to determine whether Quality Review and Progress Report scores and sub-scores were correlated to student performance in the physical sciences. Data showed that physics performance was not related to overall school quality but positively correlated to college and career readiness; chemistry was related to all of these measures. From a policy perspective, such school assessment measures have implications for the value placed upon physics education in urban secondary schools.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 127-130
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Education - Applied Research
- School Improvement
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- High School
- Reference Material
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.028
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Keywords:
PERC 2014, Physics education, chemistry education, evaluation, policy, secondary school, urban education
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A. Kelly, T. Charles, M. Ha, and K. Sheppard, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13465&DocID=4064).
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A. Kelly, T. Charles, M. Ha, and K. Sheppard, A Case Study of a School District Assessment System and its Correlation with Student Performance in Physical Sciences, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13465&DocID=4064>.
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Kelly, A., Charles, T., Ha, M., & Sheppard, K. (2014, July 30-31). A Case Study of a School District Assessment System and its Correlation with Student Performance in Physical Sciences. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved June 12, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13465&DocID=4064
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Kelly, A, T. Charles, M. Ha, and K. Sheppard. "A Case Study of a School District Assessment System and its Correlation with Student Performance in Physical Sciences." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13465&DocID=4064 (accessed 12 June 2021).
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Kelly, Angela, Thea Charles, Minsu Ha, and Keith Sheppard. "A Case Study of a School District Assessment System and its Correlation with Student Performance in Physical Sciences." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 127-130 of PER Conference. 12 June 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13465&DocID=4064>.
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