Date of Award
Education, Leadership and Public Service
Educational Administration and Supervision
Dr. Ken Holder
Dr. Bethney Bergh
Dr. Bette LaPointe
The purpose of this action research was to identify factors related to attendance and academics that contribute to student failures and absenteeism in a rural school district. Comparing data between 2012-2013 through 2014-2015, the school district administration recognized a trend in failing grades and absenteeism in the middle school grades. Using a mixed methods design, data was collected from an on-line survey, focus group interviews, teacher interviews and student records. The seventh grade class of 57 students were recruited with twenty-four students participating. The key findings included both teacher behaviors and student behaviors which contributed to the trend in failing grades and absenteeism occurring within this cohort. Recommended actions to improve the trends are included.
Lockwood, Jason B., "Transitioning from Elementary to Junior High: Action Research at Bark River-Harris School District" (2016). All NMU Master's Theses. 111.