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Blake is a fifth-grade student who has been identified as gifted in the areas of reading and math. Test scores indicate that he is three grade levels ahead of his peers in both reading and math. Socially, he enjoys his peers, and he is very popular among his classmates. His teachers have approached Blake's parents about changing his placement in terms of receiving instruction because they cannot "keep his attention" and have noted that Blake's behavior is becoming "increasingly challenging" because they feel his unique needs are not being met. Name and describe two educational options available to Blake and his family in order to provide a more challenging and appropriate curriculum to meet Blake's needs.

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It's not an matter of approaching the parents for Blake to be challenged but rather an obligation, by law, in most cases, to meet with a team of school staff AND the parents to begin with an IEP. The classroom teacher needs to have accommodations included in her lesson plans, not only for low level special education students but also for gifted students. Some schools/districts have gifted programs and ...

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## SPSS Regression Analysis

1. Create a model for the relationship between the available variables and the test scores.

2. Transform enrollment counts and mean salary for new teachers by dividing by 1,000 and run the regression analysis using the following variables:

enrolled students in 1,000s
per pupil expenditures for gifted programs
per pupil expenditures for athletic programs
average salary for new teachers in \$1,000s
percent teaching staff with masters degrees, and
teacher turnover rate

3. From the regression equation you produced above, what would you predict to be the proportion of a district's students passing the state test if a district had the following characteristics:

40,000 enrolled students
\$100 spent per pupil for gifted programs
\$400 spent per pupil for athletic programs
\$36,000 average (mean) salary for new teachers
25% of a teaching staff with masters degrees, and
a 15% teacher turnover rate.

4. Interpret the diagnostic tests available to you (and show the appropriate tables and charts) for detecting the presence of multicollinearity.

5. Complete a management report that provides the model, the regression data, and a discussion of statistics.

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