Author(s)

Carly Stranges

Date Approved

7-10-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Allen, Terri

Subject(s)

School attendance;Academic achievement

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of absenteeism on students in general education and students in special education. Archival data from a group of 249 students who completed 9th grade in June 2011 were analyzed in order to examine the relationship between attendance rates and grade point averages. Research questions included: Is there a significant correlation between school attendance and academic achievement? Is there a significant difference in the correlations between attendance and academic achievement for students in special education and for those in general education? Is there a difference in the attendance rates of students in general education and those in special education? Results found that a similar correlation was shown between attendance rates and GPA for students in special education and those in general education. However, students in special education showed to have a significantly lower GPA and significantly lower attendance rates than those in general education.

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