Title

Academic Success In Selected School Districts in Mississippi as related to child abuse, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, district size, district setting, and district type

Date of Award

2000

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

Arthur Southerland

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze the relationship between school district performance index ratings (academic success) in selected school districts in Mississippi and the variables of child abuse, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, district size, district setting, and district type. Of the 152 school districts in Mississippi, for the 1997-1998 school year, 146 were involved in a study to examine their academic success as reflected by the "Mississippi Report Card" ratings reported in 1999. Seven hypotheses were tested using multiple linear regression. Based on tests of these hypotheses, the following findings were presented: (a) analysis of data revealed a significant relationship between the performance index ratings of select school districts in Mississippi and the variables of child abuse, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, district size, district setting, and district type; (b) when examined individually, there was a significant independent relationship between the performance index ratings of select school districts in Mississippi and the demographic variables of ethnicity and socioeconomic status; and (c) when examined individually, there was no significant independent relationship between the performance index ratings of select school districts in Mississippi and the demographic and district-wide variables of child abuse, district size, district setting, and district type. Ultimately, the goal of this study was to discover if child abuse could be used as a reliable predictor of academic success.