Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Dr. Ann Stoddard

Second Advisor

Dr. Donna Keenan

Third Advisor

Dr. James Mittelstadt


This study was designed to determine what factors sixth grade teachers from selected sixth grade centers identified as the reasons for the variations between academic achievement, or teacher assigned grades, and standardized test scores for sixth grade students. Thirty-two teachers participated in a questionnaire survey that was specifically designed, through the use of research, for this study. The questionnaire was divided into four main categories. The categories were: Home Related Problems, Socio-economic Status, Child Related Problems, and Teacher Related Problems. The teachers ranked the factors in degrees from five to one. The ranked numbers were totaled -and averaged. The teachers' responses identified Parent Attitude as the leading factor of Home Related Problems. Social Class was chosen as the factor from the Socio-economic Status. Self-confidence was the leading cause of Child Related Problems. Teacher Attitudes ranked the highest reason from the Teacher Related Problems.

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