Title page for ETD etd-04162007-081256

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Dyke, Felicia Delphine
URN etd-04162007-081256
Title What is the Impact of a Transition Program and Traditional Program of Study on Over Age First Time Ninth Grade Students
Degree PhD
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Twiford, Travis W. Committee Chair
Craig, James E. Committee Member
Roberts, James T. Committee Member
Stamm, Neil A. Committee Member
  • ninth grade
  • transition
  • drop out
  • at-risk
Date of Defense 2007-04-03
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this study is to determine if a transition program has a greater success rate, as measured by GPA, number of students recycled, attendance, and conduct, than a traditional program of study for over age, first time ninth grade students by the end of first semester of the ninth grade. Some of the typical outcomes during the transition to high school from grade 8 to grade 9 are high failure rates, lack of Algebra I readiness, and poor attendance. These concerns contribute to drop-out rates and the level of competitiveness students will have when facing the workforce. This is a timely issue as we continue to address Standards of Learning (SOL) and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and the initiatives to rethink our high schools as they attempt to prepare students for the ongoing changes of the economy, workforce, and expectations of colleges and universities.
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