Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline



Modem practice and advancement in psychological and educational testing have created a challenging opportunity for public schools to more adequately meet the demands and needs of children. Believing that educational and psychological testing serve as an index and not as a panacea to personality and learning potentialities, there is opportunity for public schools to take steps toward individualization of instruction.

In the light of the quotation of Charles W. Eliot, there is agreement with the philosophy of this paper and the idea which follows in the statement below:

It has always seemed to me that a teacher who did not discharge his pupils at the end of the year much more unlike in powers and acquisitions than they were at the beginning was a proved failure. We all know that children... are not alike, but infinitely different; that the object of education is to develop to the highest possible degree the natural and acquired capacities of each individual."

Statement of the Problem:

The problem set forth in this study is to determine how the achievement test results of pupils from three levels of learning compare over a period of three years—1955-195$# An attempt will be made if possible, to determine what other factors contribute to the academic acceleration or retardation of the nine pupils included in this study, as related to the socio-cultural and socio-economic background of each. An answer is sought as to whether each pupil progressed according to his or her mental ability as indicated by the intelligence score obtained from the Otis Quick-Scoring Mental Ability Tests.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Anne C. Preston

Committee Member

Dorothy Burdine

Committee Member

Dorothy Burdine

Committee Member

C. B. Coss

Committee Member

Jack W. Echols


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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John B Coleman Library

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Prairie View




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