The Regression Effect

  • Richard L. Scheaffer
  • Ann Watkins
  • Mrudulla Gnanadesikan
  • Jeffrey A. Witmer
Part of the Textbooks in mathematical sciences book series (TIMS)


Amathematics supervisor in a large U.S. city got a grant to improve mathematics education. She tested all students and placed those with the lowest achievement scores in a special program. After a year, she retested them and was gratified to see that the students in the special program improved in comparison with the rest of the students.


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    Ann E. Watkins (1986), “The regression effect; or, I always thought that the rich get richer…,” The Mathematics Teacher, 79: 644–647.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard L. Scheaffer
    • 1
  • Ann Watkins
    • 2
  • Mrudulla Gnanadesikan
    • 3
  • Jeffrey A. Witmer
    • 4
  1. 1.University of FloridaUSA
  2. 2.California State UniversityNorthridgeUSA
  3. 3.Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityUSA
  4. 4.Oberlin CollegeUSA

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