Title

The Relationship Between Attending a Selected Alternative School and Retention In a Mississippi High School

Date of Award

1991

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

Arthur R. Southerland

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

The primary purpose of this study was to determine if a significant relationship exists between attending a selected alternative school and retention in a Mississippi high school. The selected alternative school served seventh and eighth grade students who had repeated one or more grades. Subjects of the study were seventh and eighth grade students in 1985 or 1986 who had repeated one or more grades. The 201 subjects were divided into a group of those had attended the selected alternative school and a group of those who had not attended the selected alternative school. Data were collected on the subjects' age, sex, socio-economic status, race, standardized achievement test scores in grade 6, days absent in grade 6, and the number of grades repeated. These seven variables were held constant to minimize differences between the two groups. For those subjects who had not dropped out of school by 1989, data were collected on Mississippi Functional Literacy Examination scores and days absent during the 1988-89 school year. A multiple regression technique was used to test for significant relationship between attending the alternative school and remaining in school. A multiple regression technique was also used to test for whether a significant relationship exists between attending the alternative school and functional literacy examination scores and days absent during the 1988-89 school year. This study found a significant negative relationship between attending the selected alternative school and remaining in school. For those subjects who did not drop out of school, this study found no significant relationship between attending the selected alternative school and functional literacy examination scores or days absent during the 1988-89 school year.