The Correlation of Grades and Achievement in Standards-Based and Non-Standards-Based High School Science Classrooms as Measured by the Maine High School Assessment Science Test

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Document Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Educational Leadership


The purpose of this study was to compare the degree to which standardized test scores and grades corresponded in both standards-based and non-standards based science classrooms. Data was gathered from three high schools in Maine: one standards-based, and two non-standards-based. The correlation of student grades and test scores was calculated using Spearman’s Rank Order Correlation and Kendall’s Tau-b Correlation. Although the results show a striking similarity between two of the schools, when the third school is factored in there is no significance in the difference between the correlations in any of the systems.


Affiliation: RSU 11