STEM SCHOOLS VS. NON-STEM SCHOOLS: COMPARING STUDENTS MATHEMATICS STATE BASED TEST PERFORMANCE

Ali Bicer, Bilgin Navruz, Robert M. Capraro, Mary M. Capraro

Abstract


The purpose of this study is to determine how students who participated in T-STEM schools performed on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) mathematics test compared to their corresponding peers who particiapted in traditional public schools in Texas. The present study included 18 T-STEM schools, and 18 matched non-STEM schools. The sample for this study is 1887 students who were in 11th grade in 2011. A hierarchical linear model (HLM) was used to compare students' mathematics scores. This study also investigates if students who come from traditionally underserved subpopulation incrase their mathematics score by particiapting in T-STEM schools. Results revelaed that the mean matheamtics scores on TAKS of STEM and non-STEM schools were not statsitically significantly different from each other, but participating STEM schools resulted in statistically significantly increase on Hispanic students' mean matheamtics score relative to referance group (White, male, high-SES background, non-STEM).

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