Date Approved

5-31-2000

Embargo Period

6-21-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald

Subject(s)

Nehaunsey Middle School (Gibbstown, N.J.); School attendance

Disciplines

Educational Leadership

Abstract

The purpose of this quasi-experimental research design was to discover whether, after implementing a more stringent attendance policy, would the attendance of students improve? A pattern of poor attendance was observed in an increasing number of students who were absent more than 10% of the school year, and this alarming trend prompted this study. The entire student body of 200 students was included in this study, in which attendance records were studied before and after the adoption of the new Attendance Policy. Although the intention was to compare data for the ten month school year period before and after the adoption of the policy, the new policy was not adopted until January, 2000. This was an insufficient time period for data collection and comparison and for a valid conclusion to be drawn. Additional study of this problem, with data collected over a minimum of six months, could provide an answer to this question.

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