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ACEF Journal Vol 3 Issue 1 December 2012

Performance Differences and School Size Research Question The following research questions were addressed in this study: (a) What is the difference in the percentage of boys and the percentage of girls taking the 2009 AP and IB exams as a function of high school size? and (b) What is the difference in the passing rate for boys and passing rate for girls on the 2009 AP and IB exams as a function of high school size? Method Participants Data from all Texas high schools with a grade 9-12 configuration for the 2008- 2009 school year were used in this study. Charter schools, alternative placement schools, and schools with other grade configurations were excluded from this study because of their differences from traditionally configured high schools. The Texas Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) data, published annually by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), were downloaded from the TEA website. High schools whose data were analyzed in this study were divided into three groups based on size utilizing Green and Barnes’ (1993) definition:small (i.e., between 100 and 799 students), medium (i.e., between 800 and 1,199 students), and large (i.e., more than 1,200 students). Presented in Tables 1 and 2 are the number of schools in each category. Table 1 Descriptive Statistics for the Difference in Participation Rate on AP and IB Exams by Gender and School Size Variable n of schools M SD Boys Large Schools 365 22.99 8.37 Medium Schools 90 18.20 7.66 Small Schools 448 17.95 14.52 Girls Large Schools 365 28.04 8.33 Medium Schools 90 23.44 7.79 Small Schools 448 22.64 14.86 December 2012 / ACEF 8


ACEF Journal Vol 3 Issue 1 December 2012
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