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Finding the Student Variables That Affect Educational Growth

French, John Winslow, 1918-
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ETS Research Memorandum
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Achievement Tests, Predictor Variables, Student Characteristics, Success


The measurement of educational growth may be described in terms of the following individual learning curves. The abscissa axis is time in years, while the ordinate may be mental age, percent of maturity, or test score. A number of different types of individual growth curves have been noted, with different spurts and plateaus associated with the beginning, middle, or end of adolescence. A longitudinal study is planned to explore these changes from grades 7 to 9 and from grades 11 to 12. Information will be found about variables associated with overachievement, as well as those associated with underachievement. This information can be used to provide the optimum environment to help all individual students to continue to grow. Paper presented for American Educational Research Association Symposium on Measurement of Academic Growth, Atlantic City, February 20, 1962.

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