Predictor variables discriminating with success or failure of handicapped students on the retest of the Maryland Functional Mathematics Test

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


The purpose of this study was to determine which pupil and program characteristics discriminate with the success of learning disabled and mildly mentally retarded students on the retest of the Maryland Functional Mathematics Test (MFMT). A secondary purpose was to provide Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) with added knowledge to utilize in planning for handicapped students' Individualized Educational Program (IEP) . The sample consisted of 270 handicapped ninth grade students who failed the MFMT in the fall of 1985 and took the retest in the spring of 1986. Students taking the retest were divided into those who passed and those who failed. Data were collected describing the pupil's general ability, mathematics ability, race, sex, age, attendance, handicapping condition, level of special education services received, mathematics grade, and type of appropriate assistance received . Data were analyzed by employing a step-wise discriminant analysis. It was concluded that general ability, handicapping condition, sex, mathematics ability, mathematics grade, and race when in conjunction with each other discriminated with success on the retest of the MFMT. A model for utilizing the information in decision making was offered for school systems determining on an individual basis whether handicapped students will work toward a regular diploma or Certificate of Attendance.