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ERIC Number: ED535102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 102
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1249-7395-1
Relationship between Success in Extracurricular Programs and Student Academic Performance in Economically Disadvantaged High Schools
Killgo, Jay
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Lamar University - Beaumont
The purpose of this study was to determine the common characteristics of economically disadvantaged schools that demonstrate success in academics and extracurricular activities. Mixed-method design was used for this study. The quantitative portion of the study determined the correlation between a school's performance in extracurricular activities, as determined by UIL Lone Star Cup points, and academic performance, as determined by the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills all students pass rate. Data was collected for all Texas high schools from the University Interscholastic League and Texas Education Agency. The qualitative portion of the study used surveys from selected Texas high schools and responses were compiled and common themes were determined. The research questions for the study were: (a) Is there a relationship between Texas state accountability measures and performance in extracurricular activities as measured by Lone Star Cup standings?, (b) Is there a relationship between a school's performance in extracurricular activities as measured by Lone Star Cup standings and the ability to prevent students from dropping out of school?, (c) Is there a relationship between a school's performance in extracurricular activities and the academic performance of that school's economically disadvantaged students?, (d) How is the campus culture affected by the success of extracurricular programs on the campus?, (e) What steps should be taken by campus administrators to improve campus culture to ensure that extracurricular programs benefit all students?, (f) How can campuses that have a high number of economically disadvantaged students create an atmosphere of high expectations through the creation of high performing extracurricular programs? Texas high schools displayed a Pearson correlation of 0.236 which was a moderate correlation. This suggests that Texas high schools which perform well academically as measured by TAKS also perform well in extracurricular activities as measured with Lone Star Cup Points. Extracurricular activities were found to be an incentive that gave students the initiative to remain in school rather than dropping out. Economically disadvantaged students benefited from their involvement in extracurricular activities. Campus culture was positively impacted by successful programs. The school community derived pride from superb performance. Successful schools took steps to involve all students in some type of extracurricular program. Lastly, schools that demonstrated successful extracurricular and academic performance with a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students clearly defined expectations at the start of each school year. The findings of this study have implications for schools that seek to have a high performing extracurricular program. Schools that have a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students may seek to use the extracurricular activities of the school as an incentive to encourage greater performance from their students in classroom endeavors. [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