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ERIC Number: ED522889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 174
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1243-4098-2
Is High School Graduation an Illusion? A Study to Determine the Academic and Graduation Progression between Students with Disabilities and Their Non-Disabled Peers in Georgia Public High Schools
Thinguri, Ruth W.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The study examined the academic and graduation progression of students with disabilities compared to their non-disabled students in Georgia public high schools. Specifically, the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT) in math and English and graduation rates were analyzed for their progression since the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001(NCLB). The study was quantitative in nature with a descriptive, longitudinal and ex post facto design. In the state of Georgia all eleventh grade students are required to participate in the Georgia High School graduation Test (GHSGT). The GHSGT is comprised of five separate tests that include (a) math, (b) English/language arts, (c) writing, (d) science, and (e) social studies. A high school diploma is awarded if a student scores at least 500 points on each individual exam. The main purpose of the NCLB was to close the achievement gap. Eight years after No Child Left Behind's passage and mid way to the nation's goal of having all students on grade level or better in reading and math by 2013-2014, a study to evaluate whether there have been any changes in performance results and graduation rates of students with disabilities in Georgia public high schools compared to those of non-disabled students was necessary to determine whether NCLB was closing the achievement gap. [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: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Georgia High School Graduation Tests