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ERIC Number: ED517996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 202
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-2358-5
A Study of the Relationships between Indicators of Georgia Alternative School Effectiveness and Measures of Student Success as Perceived by Alternative School Administrators
Obleton, Eddie V.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Auburn University
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships between Georgia alternative school administrators' perceptions of student success factors and the three domains of essential elements of effective alternative schools. The success factors included: dropout rate, average grade point average (GPA), average absences per student, recidivism rate, and suspension rate. The essential elements of alternative schools included the domains of efficiency, learning environment, and academic performance. Research questions were addressed through an instrument created from the work of Dr. Leon Swarts. The instrument was tested for validity and reliability and was found to be both valid and reliable. The instrument was e-mailed to all principals of Georgia alternative schools and sixty-nine participated in the study. The statistical method used for this study was a series of one-way ANOVAs using the Ftest statistic. The relationship of the five dependent variables (dropout rate, suspension rate, grade point average, student absentee rate, and recidivism rate) with the nine independent variables (planning, school leadership, organizational structure, culture, professional development, parent involvement, community involvement, school-linked services, and academics) were determined. Apparently, the student outcome measures of GPA and Suspension Rate garnered more statistical relationships to effective alternative school dimensions. Recidivism rate may be a student outcome measure for future use but absentee rate and dropout rate may be measures that should not be used to garner relationships to alternative school effectiveness. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia