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Single-sex classrooms

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Hilary Miley

on 6 May 2010

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Single-Sex Classrooms and Student Achievement Statement:
It is believed that single-sex education has the possibility to improve student achievement.
Brain development research has indicated that boys and girls learn differently.
Research also indicates that environment impacts student achievement Purpose
The purpose of this study will determine whether a relationship exists between single-sex classrooms and student achievement. Research Question:
Does a correlation exist between single-sex classrooms and student achievement?
Variables:
Independent variable: single-sex classrooms.
Dependent variable: student achievement My Hypothesis:
Student achievement will improve when girls and boys are educated in single-sex classrooms The student achievement for this study will be measured by the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) Improving student achievment is the focus for those involved in education.

With that in mind, the U.S. Dept. of Ed. relaxed the Title IX law so public schools could develop single-sex classrooms. Recent Research has found positive results in all subject area achievement tests for single-sex classrooms. Additionally, in the area of brain development, research continues to find that structurally and funtionally girls and boys learn differently. In 30 studies done on single-sex education 70% of girls favored a single-sex classroom while only 40% of boys preferred a single-sex environment. Results from a four year study found single-sex classrooms to have statistical significance suggesting that placing boys and girls in single-sex classrooms can increase their academic performance. Methodology used for this research proposal:
A random sampling of 100 eighth grade students participating in single-sex classrooms from the southeast region of the U.S.
A collection of student test scores was gathered from the state education website in mathmematics and communication arts
This study will use correlation and descriptive statistics.

The p-value will be employed to calculate the confidence level.

From the results, the mean, medium, mode, and standard deviation can be collected to identify patterns of correlation. This study will provide data for school districts looking at single-sex classrooms as a choice.

As long as high stakes testing is required and student achievement is measured yearly for improvement then choices such as single-sex education need to be researched to help educators provide the best way to improve student achievement.
#Tested %Not %Met #A/P %Pass Mean St. Dev.

Male 26539 38.9 40.3 20.8 61.1 611.0 50.0
Female 25247 24.4 44.3 31.4 75.6 629.2 48.0
Grade 8 Mathematics
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