Thesis Title

A Descriptive Study of Male and Female Scores on the Missouri Assessment Program Test

Author

Sonia Keeling

Date of Graduation

Summer 2001

Degree

Master of Science in Biology

Department

Biology

Committee Chair

Janice Greene

Subject Categories

Biology

Abstract

Studies indicate that males score higher in math and science than females. Females score higher in the communication arts. This is due to tradition that causes gender bias. This bias is often unintentional and unnoticed. Males also score higher on multiple-choice tests than females. This study compares the scores of males and females for the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 on the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test at the Summersville High School. MAP test results were analyzed for differences between genders in specific content area and type of questions asked. In this study, the mean score for females in every test was higher than the scores of males. However, there was no significant difference between genders on most tests. Females scored significantly higher on performance event questions, constructed response questions in physical science, and overall math scores. Female scores were approaching significance on multiple choice questioning.

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