Date Approved


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Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Leadership


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Johnson, Theodore


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


Educational Leadership


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.