Texas Public Schools: Ethnic/Racial, Socioeconomic, and Linguistic Composition of Student Bodies and Academic Test Performance
Educational Testing Service
What is the relationship between student body's ethnic/racial, socioeconomic and linguistic composition with academic performance?
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Conference "The Resegregation of Southern Schools? A Crucial Moment in the History (and the Failure) of Public Schooling in America"
- The higher a school's percentage of Hispanic/Latino or African American students, the lower is the student body's average academic performance as measured by the English language version of the tests (Reading, Math, and Writing).
- The higher a student body's percentage of White Non-Hispanics or Asian/Pacific Islander Americans, the higher is the school's academic performance as measured by the English-language version of the tests.
- In contrast, the higher a student body's concentration of White Non-Hispanics, the better is the school's academic performance for Hispanic/Latinos as measured by the English version of the tests, but the worse is this performance if measured by the Spanish version of the same tests.
- The denser a school's concentration of economically disadvantaged students, the poorer is the school's academic performance as measured by the English-language version of the tests.
- The school's percentage of economically disadvantaged students is negatively associated with the school's passing rates on the English-language version of the test;. In contrast, the school's percentage of economically disadvantaged students is either not associated or positively associated with the school's passing rates for Hispanics/Latinos on the Spanish version of the test.
Journal Article Empirical Research
Academic Achievement, Composition, Hispanics, Linguistic Composition, Math, Racial Composition, Reading
Secondary Survey Data
Method of Analysis:
Texas Public Schools
Unit of Analysis:
- Data collected by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) through its Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS), on each of the state's 7,519 public schools and 4,059,619 public school students for the year 2000-2001
- DV: Academic Tests (TAAS (Texas Assessment of Academic Skills)
- IV: School's total students, ethnic/racial composition, linguistic composition, student's body's family socioeconomic composition, etc.