Title page for ETD etd-09122012-131009

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Wilson, Omega W.
Author's Email Address owwilson@henrico.k12.va.us
URN etd-09122012-131009
Title The Relationship between Student Discipline Disproportionality and High School Dropout Rate
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Craig, James R. Committee Chair
Cash, Carol S. Committee Member
Earthman, Glen I. Committee Member
Twiford, Travis W. Committee Member
  • Minority
  • Classroom Management
  • Discipline Gap
  • Low Achievement Theory
  • Zero Tolerance
  • Suspension and Expulsion
Date of Defense 2012-08-30
Availability unrestricted

Omega W. Wilson Abstract

Previous research has indicated that there is a possible relationship between disproportionality in student discipline and high school dropout rate.  Using discipline and dropout data from a mid-Atlantic state school district, discipline disproportionality and dropout rate amongst high school African American, Hispanic, and Caucasian male and females over a period of four school years was examined. The findings indicated that there was indeed discipline disproportionality among African American, Hispanic, and Caucasian students.  However, the evidence indicating a relationship between disproportionality and dropping out was not conclusive.  Based on the findings, implications for educational practice are advanced.  In addition, recommendations for further research are set forth.

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