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ERIC Number: ED527120
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 114
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-1672-1
The Relationship of Selected Academic and Educational Factors on Student Attendance
McBride, Sharon K.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Texas Southern University
Truancy (student attendance) is a serious concern that affects most school districts across the country. Truancy is a statistic that seems to elude school districts in coming up with an exact number, but they do know it exists. The reason this is so is because of a lack of a true definition of truancy. Statistics have shown that students skip school or drop out includes several factors. This paper will expound on these factors contributing to truancy: school factors, home and community factors, educational, and factors. The significance of this study is threefold: First, the study provides administrators and other public school officials with relevant information regarding the negative influences that absenteeism have on overall stability of public school enterprise. By identifying the relationships between school related factors and absenteeism, the study provided school leaders with necessary data to develop modules to assist in reducing the absentee rate among high school students, particularly those at risk. Secondly, the study provided school, district, and state officials with vital data on the impact of absenteeism, which subsequently leads to dropping out, on the future economic success of not only the students, but the entire economy system of each state as well as the U.S. By investing, identifying, and implementing prevention and intervention strategies to address the absenteeism dilemma, state and local officials will reap the benefits and it will go a long way in combating this social phenomenon. Finally, a study of this type can provide local, state, and federal officials with pertinent information concerning the need to provide the necessary monies to fund public school education. It is critical that public officials at each level of government understand that education should be a major force in guiding the overall recovery of Texas. The participating schools in this study were thirty (30) high schools out of 39 located in a school district in the southeastern region of Texas. The school district has more than 200,000 students with 29.2% being African American, 8.3% Caucasian, and 59.3% Hispanic. "There were 47,875 enrolled high school students in grades 9-12 which represented 23.6% of all students" (TEA Public Education Information Management System, 2006). This research project examined 30 high schools. Quantitative data was collected from historical data, the school district, and the state. This study will answer the following research questions: (1) What effect, if any, does high school enrollment size influence the attendance rate of high school students? (2) What effect, if any, do high school TAKS Reading scores influence the attendance rate of high school students? (3) What effect, if any, do high school TAKS Mathematics scores influence the attendance rate of high school students? (4) What effect, if any, do high school TAKS Science scores influence the attendance rate of high school students? (5) What effect, if any, does the graduation rate influence the attendance rate of high school students? It is recommended that schools, districts, and the state focus some of their decision-making on the bigger issue of addressing the infrastructure and resource problems of attendance. [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
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas