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M.A. in Mathematics Education


Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education


College of Education


Sooy, John


Pleasantville High School (Pleasantville, N.J.); High School Proficiency Test; Mathematics--Study and teaching (Secondary); Ninth grade (Education)


Science and Mathematics Education


The purpose of this study was to integrate strategies in the ninth grade Mathematics curriculum with a goal of improving High School Proficiency Test scores. This study was designed to meet the needs for the students serviced at Pleasantville High School. Over the past five years Pleasantville High School students have demonstrated erratic behavior on the state mandated HSPT11. Eleventh grade first time test takers have yet to meet the 85% acceptable passing rate for this population. The school district must provide an educational environment where all can learn and find success. This includes preparing students for responsible citizenship, higher levels of education, careers, and passing the HSPT11.

Five Atlantic County high schools were contacted and interviews were conducted. The aim was to see how these schools perform on the HSPT11, what materials these institutions use to improve or maintain their scores, and what factors contribute to their success and failure on the HSPT11.

Upon completion of the literature, related research, and data analysis, a 10-step plan of action was developed. This action plan is designed to be utilized during the 1998-1999 academic school year.