Capstone/Dissertation Title

The Impact of Eighth Grade Math Placement

Term

Summer 8-13-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Barbara Swanson

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Joan Jurichko

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Breane Stryker

Abstract

The research question addressed in this capstone is, how does the math placement of eighth-grade students impact their placement and success in future high-school math courses? The author began her research in response to concerns she had about changes that were being made in her district in response to legislation passed in Minnesota that mandated that eighth-grade students study algebra. In response to the No Child Left Behind Act, students in Minnesota are required to take a Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment for mathematics in eleventh grade. The capstone outlines how those changes have impacted each other and provides data to help determine the impact of placement in math in eighth grade as it pertains to future success in high school courses and assessments.

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