Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)
Type of Culminating Activity
Master of Science in Mathematics Education
Joe Champion, Ph.D.
Laurie Cavey, Ph.D.
Margaret T. Kinzel, Ph.D.
Mathematics coursework a student completes in high school often directly affects their subsequent post-secondary education and career opportunities. In recent years, in a push to prepare a larger number of students for post-secondary education and career opportunities in Idaho, state initiatives have focused on addressing mathematics preparation in the middle grade years to increase the number of students completing an advanced mathematics pathway in high school, including the Advanced Opportunities Initiative to support financial costs of advanced coursework. Starting 2011, each year of the initiative has seen annual increases in students participating in dual credit and Advanced Placement (AP) coursework. This study addresses the academic outcomes of school, district, and state efforts aimed at increasing mathematics achievement in Idaho by analyzing transcript and state assessment data for annual cohorts of students who completed Algebra I or higher in Grade 8. Outcome measures include Grade 10 state achievement test scores, continuation of advanced mathematics course pathways, and completion of dual credit and/or AP courses. Findings suggest inconsistent mathematics achievement for advanced students as they complete high school mathematics courses.
Hall, Nichole K., "Mathematics Student Achievement in the Context of Idaho’s Advanced Opportunities Initiative" (2018). Boise State University Theses and Dissertations. 1386.