ERIC Number: ED457173
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
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The Effects of Student Activity Participation, Gender, Ethnicity, and Socio-Economic Level on High School Student Grade Point Averages and Attendance.
McCarthy, Kevin J.
In 1997, all high schools in the largest school district in Colorado were invited to participate in a study of whether students who participated in school-sponsored activities were different from nonparticipants with respect to grade point averages (GPAs) and school attendance. The project also studied differences in these areas for gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic level as reflected by participation in the school lunch support program. Sixteen schools sent complete data on student GPAs, and 10 of these also sent data on student attendance. Of the 19,543 students covered by the study, those who participated in student activities had significantly higher GPAs and significantly lower absenteeism. Differences did exist, however, for gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic level. Students who participated in sports had higher GPAs than those who did not participate and those who participated in nonsport activities. The results differed for ethnicities, with activities having the strongest effect for the White/non-Hispanic students. Findings also show that patterns of participation differ for members of different ethnicities, suggesting that cultural differences are responsible for participation differences. Females also had higher absenteeism in high school whether or not they participated in student activities. However, female participants had fewer days of absence than nonparticipants. The paper discusses some implications for fostering participation and student achievement. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado