Author

Mary Coleush

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Henigton, Carlen

Committee Member

Reisener, Carmen D.

Committee Member

Prince, Debra L.

Committee Member

McCleon, Tawny E.

Date of Degree

1-1-2014

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

College

College of Education

Department

Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) reading and math assessments are a valid predictor of performance on the language arts and mathematics Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2 nd Edition (MCT2). Additionally, the researcher sought to determine whether student characteristics of gender, ethnicity, and economically disadvantaged status added statistically to the prediction of MCT2 scores. The researcher used a correlational research design to answer the research questions that guide this study. Regression analyses were performed using IBM Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), version 22. Data were collected from a Southern Mississippi school district. Scores from 676 6 th grade students and 659 8 th grade students were used in this study. The results of simple linear regression indicate that NWEA-MAP reading and mathematics assessments are a valid predictor of language arts and mathematics MCT2 scale scores for 6 th and 8 th grade students. Results of multiple regression indicate that the linear combination of fall reading NWEA-MAP RIT scores, spring reading NWEA-MAP RIT scores, student characteristics of gender, ethnicity, and economically disadvantaged status was significantly related to MCT2 language arts scale scores for sixth grade students; likewise, the linear combination of fall reading NWEA-MAP RIT scores, spring reading NWEA-MAP RIT scores, student characteristics of gender, ethnicity, and economically disadvantaged status was significantly related to MCT2 language arts scale scores for eighth grade students. Similarly, multiple regression analyses indicate that the linear combination of fall mathematics NWEA-MAP RIT scores, spring mathematics NWEA-MAP RIT scores, student characteristics of gender, ethnicity, and economically disadvantaged status was significantly related to MCT2 mathematics scale scores for sixth grade students; similarly, the linear combination of fall mathematics NWEA-MAP RIT scores, spring mathematics NWEA-MAP RIT scores, student characteristics of gender, ethnicity, and economically disadvantaged status was significantly related to MCT2 mathematics scale scores for eighth grade students.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/21142

Comments

NCLB||MCT2||NWEA||MAP||multiple regression||academic standards

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