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ERIC Number: ED518472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 124
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-5274-5
Description of Factors Related to the Grade Level Retention Rates of Elementary School African American Students
Linder, Rozlyn T.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Mercer University
In the state of Georgia, African Americans represent 38% of the student population, yet they account for more than half of the grade level retentions each year (The Governor's Office of Student Achievement, 2009). The purpose of this study was to determine if relationships exist between the disproportionate retention rate of African American elementary school students and six variables: (a) teacher race, (b) administrator race, (c) student body racial composition, (d) teacher experience, (e) teacher certification level, and (f) teacher to student ratio. Utilizing a sample of 480 Georgia public elementary schools, the researcher calculated the relative risk of retention for African American students at each school. Pearson correlations were computed to assess relationships among variables. The researcher found that teacher, administrator, and student race had a statistically significant correlation to the disproportionate retention of African American students. Class size, teacher degree level, and average years of teaching experience did not. These findings suggest that schools may want to actively recruit minority teachers and create universal retention standards. [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 Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia