The effects of teacher proximity on student performance during testing

The primary focus of this study was to determine the effectiveness of teacher proximity to second grade students in testing situations. Seventy-eight students and three educators agreed to participate in this study. The children were taught material that was age appropriate and assessed weekly. After the assessments were completed, data was collected and results were analyzed. Students' performance was examined both as individuals and pooled as groups to come up with a set of findings. The findings indicated students' overall perform was better when given an assessment while in close proximity to an adult. Findings also indicated that children with attention problems have more success when in close proximity to an adult than when placed in a large whole group setting.