Date Approved

6-1-2017

Embargo Period

6-2-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

DiHoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

High school dropouts--New Jersey; High school students--Economic conditions

Disciplines

School Psychology

Abstract

Different areas in the United States have varying levels of economic hardships. The United States Department of Education states that 4.7% of ninth graders in low socioeconomic areas drop out of school. This means that they may not receive an education strong enough to get a job that can sustain them. We aimed to find out which schools have lower dropout rates as compared to the average we can focus on what these schools are doing correctly as compared to ones where the dropout rate is higher. This study looks at data compiled from 57 schools that teach at least grades 9-11 of varying socioeconomic statuses. We obtained this information through the New Jersey Department of Education. We used a Pearson's correlation in SPSS to compare the dropout rates to the percentage of economically disadvantaged students in a school.

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