Master's Theses

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Date of Award

Summer 2011

Degree Name

Education Specialist (Ed.S)


Advanced Education Programs


Dr. Carol Patrick


The present study examined the relationship between school sector and academic achievement as measured by the mathematics and reading portions of the Kansas State Assessments. Archival data were used to obtain the percent of third-grade and fifth-grade students who were proficient in mathematics and reading for 919 schools (813 public, 106 private) across Kansas. The data were analyzed to identify extraneous variables that affect academic achievement and to determine if attending private or public schools resulted in higher academic achievement. Results indicate that, after extraneous variables are statistically controlled for, students who attend public schools achieve equal to or higher than students who attend private schools do. Implications and limitations of the study are discussed, as well as areas of further study.


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Copyright 2011 Kyle D. Carlin

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