Comparison of the Effects Block and Traditional Schedules Have on the Number of Students Who Are Proficient on the Biology End-of-Course Test in Forty Public High Schools in the State of North Carolina
School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Primary Subject Area
Education, General; Education, Secondary; Black Studies; Education, Special; Education, Tests and Measurements; Education, Curriculum and Instruction
achievement, African-American students, block scheduling, high schools, proficiency, students with disabilities
Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration | Science and Mathematics Education
Bonner, Tonia, "Comparison of the Effects Block and Traditional Schedules Have on the Number of Students Who Are Proficient on the Biology End-of-Course Test in Forty Public High Schools in the State of North Carolina" (2012). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 522.
This study examined the difference between the number of overall students, African-American students, and students with disabilities on a semester 4 x 4 block schedule who were proficient on the North Carolina Biology End-of-Course Test and the number of the same group of students on a traditional 45-50 minute yearlong schedule who were proficient on the NC Biology End-of-Course Test in the state of North Carolina during the 2009-2010 school year. A causal-comparative design was used and three null hypotheses were tested using chi-square analysis. Archival data was used. The results showed that there was a significant association between the number of the overall students and African-American students who were proficient on the NC Biology EOC Test when taught biology on a 4 x 4 semester block versus a traditional schedule. However, no statistically significant relationship existed between the number of students with disabilities who were educated on 4 x 4 semester block schedule and those students with disabilities who were educated on a six or seven period traditional schedule in biology. Suggestions for further research are included.
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