ERIC Number: ED365735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
An Examination of Attendance in Louisiana Schools.
Crone, Linda J.; And Others
Research results appear inconclusive as to the relationship of student attendance to student achievement, although most practitioners cite increased student attendance as an extremely desirable school outcome. The purpose of the examination of student attendance in the Louisiana public schools was twofold: (1) to determine the relationship of attendance to other school variables, especially to test data; and (2) to identify and describe those schools which had the most problems with attendance, in order to provide a profile of the schools that are potentially at-risk due to poor attendance. Results indicated that student attendance in Louisiana public schools is an important indicator of the academic success of a school. Attendance yielded very high relationships to assessment instruments, and was the strongest predictor of percent passing for the Graduation Exit Exam. There were also strong negative relationships between attendance and suspension, expulsion, and dropout rates. As Monk and Ibrahim reported (1984), this study confirms that low attendance rates for a school should be a concern of all parents in the school. The characteristics of schools with low attendance rates were (1) schools in metropolitan areas, (2) middle and secondary schools, and (3) schools with low socioeconomic status. Results indicated that Caucasian students in these schools had even more problems with low attendance than the African American students. Six figures (graphs) and four tables are included. (Contains 15 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement, Attendance, Black Students, Dropout Rate, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Low Income Groups, Parent Attitudes, Prediction, Profiles, Public Schools, Scores, Socioeconomic Status, Tables (Data), Test Results, Urban Schools, White Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: African Americans; Graduation Exit Exam LA; Louisiana
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (22nd, New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1993).