The effects of the Connecting Learning Assumes Successful Students project on elementary students' achievement in Indiana as measured by the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP)

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Poole, Deborah M.
Drake, Thelbert L.
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Department of Educational Leadership
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The purpose of this study was to determine what relationship, if any, existed between student participation in the C.L.A.S.S. Project and student achievement as measured by the ISTEP testing program. This study was designed to provide statistical data for teachers, administrators, and other educators looking for instructional methods to provide students with increased learning opportunities to improve education.There were two groups of subjects in this study. The experimental group consisted of schools who had been participating in the C.L.A.S.S. Project for a minimum of two years. Thirty-seven Indiana schools made up this group. Thirty-seven schools were selected for a control group. They were randomly selected as not significantly different from schools in the experimental group by using performance based leagues determined by a statistical formula and provided by the Indiana Department of Education.Data collected regarding the schools in the study included rank and league placement as determined by the Indiana Department of Education and ISTEP scores provided by the Indiana Department of Education. ISTEP scores were used for grades two and three in the subject areas of Reading, Language Arts, Math, and Total Battery.The primary hypothesis of this study, stated in null form, is that the C.L.A.S.S. Project has no effect on student achievement as measured by the ISTEP testing program. Alternate null hypotheses were stated regarding the results of the individual subject areas: Reading, Language Arts, and Math.The results of this study failed to find significant differences between the schools using the C.L.A.S.S. Project and those in the control group. Analyses of variance were conducted on the experimental and control groups' data from test scores achieved on 1993 ISTEP test. Multivariate analysis (MANOVA) and univariate analyses (ANOVAs) were conducted to determine if the C.L.A.S.S. Project had any significant effect on isolated subject areas as tested on ISTEP and to see if the C.L.A.S.S. Project had any significant effect on anticipated achievement compared to actual achievement. The .05 alpha level was used to test the level of significance in this study.