CONTENTS:- Preface; Towards an understanding of school achievement; Profile of success and failure; The will to succeed; Patterns of child-rearing; Social class and school achievement; The process of achievement; The effect of the school; An interdisciplinary approach to school achievement; How to judge the quality of a class room test; How to improve test quality through item analysis; How to estimate, interpret, and improve test reliability.
Secondary education is the terminal point for most of the students. After passing secondary school examinations, the students like to enter the world of work. Generally secondary school examinations are conducted by the examination boards constituted by the governments of the states concerned. The fact of differences in school achievement, and the search for an explanation of those differences, is one of the most complex and, at the present time, one of the most controversial issues in education today. It has been the focus of numerous researchers and the topic of many government reports; not only in this country, but in most of the industrialized and industrializing countries of the world. Yet in spite of an impressive bibliography we are still almost as far from reaching an understanding of the actual process of school achievement as we were ten years ago.