School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Mark A. Lamport
Primary Subject Area
achievement, mathematics, Single-gender
Hill, Rhonda Lee, "The Effect of Single-Gender Education on the Achievement of Sixth Grade Mathematics Students" (2011). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 467.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact on students' academic achievement when served with a single-gender instructional model. Sixth grade students enrolled in single-gender classes were compared to heterogeneous classes utilizing the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). MAP data from the fall and spring administrations were evaluated to determine academic growth. In the analysis of growth in academic achievement between groups based upon MAP scores, there was no significant difference found between academic growth and gender. While there was group variability that may have impacted achievement scores, overall growth of MAP scores and the amount of achievement was not significant at the .05 level. With all student groups achieving gains, educational setting and academic growth may be simply a matter of individual learning style and preference. Future studies should focus on longitudinal patterns of student growth, corroboration of multiple sources of data, such as student grades and additional test scores, and student perspectives of single-gender classes.