Pupils attending Secondary public schools: Spanish and Mathematics achievement levels. Aguascalientes, México

Margarita Zorrilla Fierro y María Teresa Fernández Lomelín
 
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Abstract
 
The main purpose of this research was to observe the students´ level achievement compared to the national standards established for reading comprehension and mathematics. This study was made among five middle schools located in the State of Aguascalientes, Mexico (1163 students distributed on the three grades). Inspired on the perspective of school effectiveness, the schools were classified on high and low academic outcomes. Some of the results are the following: the students obtain higher levels in Spanish than in Mathematics; in both school categories, some differences among grades were shown: the third graders obtain better achievement than second and first; it is confirmed that high scholarship levels on the mother are associated with high levels of achievement in Spanish as well as in Mathematics; as high the level of the student auto-perception is, high is his own achievement. Conclusion: Schools are different because of some characteristics of their students and because of their functionality. These elements work together to produce different levels of achievement in Spanish as well as in Mathematics.

Keywords
  secondary education - standard in spanish - standard in mathematics - educational evaluation - school effectiveness

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|Revista Electrónica Iberoamericana sobre Calidad, Eficacia y Cambio en Educación - REICE|
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