A comparative study of retention, dropouts, achievement, attendance, discipline, participation and teacher and student satisfaction of 9th grade students in ninth-grade centers and high schools
Ninth grade students in ninth-grade centers ~ere compared with 9th grade students in high schools on the basis of eight variables. A total of 3,454 9th grade students were included in the study; 1,871 in two ninthgrade centers and 1,583 in two high schools. Data were collected from the 1988-1989 school year, the second ye3r that ninth-grade centers were used by Orange County Schools. The two groups were compared on the basis of retention rates, dropouts, academic achievement, attendance, suspensions and participation in extracurricular activities. Surveys were used to gauge the level of student and teacher satisfaction. The .05 le,;el of significance was used to determine significant differences between the two groups on the surveys. Data analysis revealed that ninth-grade centers had a positive effect on 9th grade students. Ninth grade students in ninth-grade centers were less likely to be retained, to be suspended or to drop out. They attenJe~ school more often, participated in more extracurricul~r activities and their teachers showed a significantly higher level of satisfaction as measured by the Teacher Satisfaction Survey. Ninth grade students 1n high schools were significantly more satisfied with their school, ~s measured by the Student Satisfaction Survey, and academically scored as well as 9th grade students 1n ninthgrade centers on the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills. These results were true for white, black, Hispanic, male and female students.
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Hernandez, David E.
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
College of Education
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Dissertations, Academic -- Education; Education -- Dissertations, Academic
Edwards, John, "A comparative study of retention, dropouts, achievement, attendance, discipline, participation and teacher and student satisfaction of 9th grade students in ninth-grade centers and high schools" (1990). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 3980.