Date Approved

5-12-2004

Embargo Period

4-26-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Crites, Stephen

Subject(s)

Educational equalization--New Jersey--Evaluation; Educational tests and measurements--New Jersey; Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment; School improvement programs--New Jersey--Evaluation

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine what impact Success For All (SFA) had on the state standardized test scores of a school district that was identified as being low income and having poor test scores. Data from the literacy/language arts portion of the Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment were compared for the years 2001 and 2003. Students who took the test in 2001 were not exposed to SFA, whereas the 2003 students had three years of SFA. The test scores were analyzed by comparing percentage passed, mean scores, and mean differences. Results indicated that the test scores for special education students and the lowest performing 25% improved slightly, while the regular education population scores decreased.

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