A Mixed Method Analysis of Student Achievement Dilemma: How Do Ethnicity and Socio-Economic Status Affect STEM Academy Students’ Achievement Levels in Algebra
Abstract: With the changes of the 21st century our educational system needed to have some changes as well. As one of those changes STEM schools started to emerge in different parts of the world. These schools usually adopted project-based curriculums to help their students. This study investigates how student demographic differences in particular ethnicity affect student achievement levels in these STEM oriented schools. This study utilizes a mixed method analysis which include a causal-comparative design and teacher interviews. Initial findings point that there are significant differences among different ethnicities, and socio-economic groups on students standardized algebra test scores.