Punishing Poverty: An Investigation into the Relationship Between Socioeconomic Status and Academic Achievement in Western Maine High Schools
Date of Award
Master of Education (MEd)
The purpose of this research was to determine whether there is a positive correlation between a student’s socioeconomic status and their academic achievement as determined by their SAT scores. This study was completed in three school districts in Maine, where NCLB requires that all third-year high school students take the SAT. The Chi-square analysis revealed that in the largest of the three districts, the two variables were indeed related. However, using a less restricted range for socioeconomic determinations and a larger population sample might increase reliability and uncover a stronger relationship overall.
Baker, Jennifer; Packard, Megan; and Ross, Heather, "Punishing Poverty: An Investigation into the Relationship Between Socioeconomic Status and Academic Achievement in Western Maine High Schools" (2012). M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership Research Projects. 72.