Department

School of Education

Degree

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Chair

Lisa Reason

Primary Subject Area

Education, General; Education, Tests and Measurements; Education, Mathematics; Education, Sociology of; Education, Secondary

Keywords

CRCT, Education, Mathmatics Achievement, Middle School Achievement, Middle School Math, Student Achievement

Disciplines

Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Sociology | Science and Mathematics Education

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between caregiver education level and time spent with a caregiver on school activities with regard to how Georgia Middle School students (N = 465) achieved on the mathematics section of the yearly Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) in Georgia. Caregiver education level and time spent with the caregiver on school activities was also examined to determine if a cumulative effect between the two factors could be found in relation to mathematics achievement on the CRCT. A causal comparative design was used and the data was analyzed using the 2009 version 16 of SPSS. A generalized linear model that generated a chi-square value was used to test the hypotheses. The findings were as follows: (a) There was a statistically significant relationship between caregiver education level and student math achievement on the CRCT, (b) There was no statistically significant relationship between time spent with caregiver on school activities and student math achievement on the CRCT, and (c) There was no statistically significant interaction between caregiver education level and time spent with the student on school activities with regard to student math achievement on the CRCT. It is recommended that future research encompass a larger sample, perhaps an entire Georgia district.