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The Student Achievement Decline At Sixth Grade And The Practices Impacting Achievement, Mary Cooksley Jan 2010

The Student Achievement Decline At Sixth Grade And The Practices Impacting Achievement, Mary Cooksley

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A trend in the decline of proficiency levels, as measured by the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS), exists at the sixth grade in both Mathematics and Reading Comprehension across the state of Iowa (Adequate Yearly Progress Statistics (2006–2008) [Data File] Des Moines, IA: Iowa Department of Education). This mixed method study focused on the practices impacting student performance between the fifth grade and the sixth grade. Research related to the decline of sixth grade student achievement reveals the possible factors resulting in lower achievement: Grade span configuration, the transition between fifth and sixth grade, adolescent development and middle ...