HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Examination of the Relationship between Demographic and Performance Variables: A Case Study of High Schools in the Chicago School System

Document Type

Article

Date

12-1-2012

Publication Title

Global Research Journal of Education

Volume

2

Issue

2

First Page

30

Last Page

40

Description

This study examines the relationship between demographic and performance variables in high schools with a focus on 64 randomly selected high schools in the Chicago school system. The rationale is to ascertain the level of relationship between income and performance in schools as reflected by student performance. The study employs multivariate analysis of variance and factor analysis to ensure constructive findings. The results indicate schools with students from families within the low-income brackets tend to perform lower than expected compared to schools with students from families within the upper-income brackets. The study also shows performance measures are not unidimensional. Any attempts at addressing the performance gap should take into consideration details of various performance variables in order to effectively tackle the problem. The relationship between demographic and performance variables still requires attention of educators, parents and policymakers in the various locales.

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