A study of the mathematical competence requirements for graduation among Oregon's A-AA-AAA senior high schools Public Deposited

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  • Competency-based education was introduced to the state of Oregon in the early 1970's, mandating that the graduating classes of 1978 would meet these competency requirements for graduation. The Oregon Department of Education allowed each school district to compile its own lists of competencies in each of the mandated areas. There were no state recommended guidelines in these areas; consequently, competencies were varied in requirements and numbers. This research was designed to establish minimal mathematics competencies for Oregon's four-year public senior high schools; they would also be applicable to all other high schools in the state. The use of mean scores and the one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) at the .05 level of significance was applied to determine if there were any significant differences between and among responses. There were significant differences in 15 of the 71 items. The LSD test was then applied to determine where the differences lay. A significant difference was revealed between AAA and AA in 15 items. AAA and A schools differed significantly on only 2 items. From this study it can be concluded that schools classified as A and AAA are more closely aligned in their interpretation of mathematical competencies at all levels. A and AAA accepted the competency list with fewer exceptions as being necessary for mathematical instruction. It was further indicated that schools classified as AA felt a need for fewer competencies than the other classifications of schools. In constructing the final master list of competencies using a combination of F statistic scores and mean scores, 19 items were rejected, leaving 52 items that compose the finished document. The model procedure developed for this study provided useful information in compiling and evaluating data. It could be used to study and evaluate the other 5 areas of competence designated by the state of Oregon.
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