Date Approved

4-25-1999

Embargo Period

7-20-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Johnson, Theodore

Subject(s)

Academic achievement; High school attendance; Twelfth grade (Education)

Disciplines

Educational Leadership

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of positive intervention strategies on the attendance rate and academic progress of fifteen identified at-risk twelfth grade students using an action research design. Additional purposes of this study included demonstration of the intern's leadership skills in problem analysis, organizational ability, decision-making techniques and motivational ability. Mathematical analysis was used to determine if the attendance rate and grade point averages of the identified at-risk twelfth grade students increased or decreased over their attendance rate and grade point averages in the eleventh grade as a result of positive intervention strategies. Also analyzed was the relationship between the number of at-risk factors of the participants and increased or decreased attendant rate and grade point averages. Results of the study indicated intervention strategies were more effective for at-risk twelfth grade students during quarter one than quarter two and the number of at-risk characteristics of the participants did not affect the findings. The study identified the complex needs of at-risk students and provided suggestions for program improvements.

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