What’s on Your Plate?: Correlating Subsidized Lunch and Proficiency on the Civics End-of-Course Assessment
In this study, the authors correlate proficiency rates of seventh-grade civics students to free and reduced-priced (FRPL) lunch status during the 2015‐2016 school year at the school level, across all 348 Florida schools for which both statistics were applicable and available. The authors used simple linear regression to test the null hypothesis that the authors cannot predict seventh-grade civics EOC exam proficiency rates based on school-level FRPL rates. The regression will compare the percentage of seventh-grade civics students who achieved proficiency on the EOC assessments and their schools’ percentages of FRPL students. The authors found a correlation of very large effect size (R2 = .614) between percentage of FRPL students and percentage of proficient seventh-grade civics students. If FRPL status is accepted as a proxy for socioeconomic status, this implies that students from schools with lower socioeconomic status are much less likely to succeed on their seventh-grade civics EOC assessment, consistent with past research on academic achievement and socioeconomic status.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2018
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