Date Approved

6-30-1997

Embargo Period

8-30-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Robinson, Randall S.

Subject(s)

Academic achievement; Children of single parents; School attendance

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine whether there was a significant correlation between student attendance and overall achievement level. This study also investigated if there was a significant difference in the absentee rate of students from single-parent homes versus students from two-parent homes.

The sample in this study consisted of one hundred and thirty-five fourth grade students from an elementary school in southern New Jersey. This was the entire fourth grade population for this district. The school was located in a suburban area.

The report cards were used to determine the grade point averages for the students. Their attendance was collected from the computerized attendance record. The marital status of each student was gathered from the classroom teachers.

A Pearson R analysis was used to determine whether there was a statistically significant correlation between student attendance and overall achievement level. There was no significant correlation found between student attendance and overall achievement level.

The Mann-Whitney U test was used to determine if there was a significant difference in the absentee rate of students from single-parent homes versus students from two-parent homes. There was no significant difference in the absentee rate of students from single-parent homes versus students from two-parent homes found in this study.

The results of this study did not support the two hypotheses.

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