Murray State Theses and Dissertations


This study explores the occurrence of school violence and its impact on academic success and attendance. This study will encompass K-12 academic institutions in the state of Kentucky during the 2018-2019 academic school year, with an in-depth analysis of data submitted to the Kentucky Department of Education by the 171 participating school districts. The participating schools shared data in the form of disciplinary actions, attendance, graduation rates, academic achievement, and other relevant demographics. The collected data was analyzed to determine if there was a statistically significant difference among attendance rate, graduation rate, math ACT benchmark scores, and English ACT benchmark scores when compared to school violence data. The data analysis findings concluded that there were no statistically significant differences among the comparison groups listed. The collected findings will be utilized to determine appropriate measures to take to combat targeted violence and minimize the effects on school aged children.

Keywords: violence, academic success, attendance, absenteeism

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Violence, academic success, attendance, absenteeism

Dissertation Committee Chair

Dr. Stephanie Sullivan

Committee Member

Dr. Samir Patel

Committee Member

Dr. Randal Wilson

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