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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reducing Dropout Rates of New Hampshire High School Students by Increasing the Compelled Years of Attendance: An Analysis of Local Administrator Perceptions of and Responses to State Law 193:1
by Korman, Andrew K., Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, 2020, 135; 28089263
Abstract (Summary)

In 2007 New Hampshire passed a law, RSA 193:1, that changed the compulsory age of education for all public school students from age 16 to age 18. The purpose of this research is to explore the effect of RSA 193:1 on dropout rates in New Hampshire’s public high schools and to examine the perception of the high school principal in understanding the effect of the law and any differential effects of the law on students. Through an examination of five years of dropout data combined with a survey to current high school principals, findings indicate that there is strong support of the change from the principals. The dropout date revealed that the percentage of students on free/reduced lunch does moderately correlate to a school’s overall dropout percentage. Through analysis of the survey, the principals denoted that they understood that both their staff and communities supported the change in compulsory age. Additionally, examination of district policy materials revealed that districts with higher dropout rates appear to have a more restrictive view of how, when, and where students can earn credit compared to districts with lower dropout rates. Continued examination suggested a stark divided in the precision of language, specifically as it relates to academic progress and support, between the high and low performing school districts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: DeMitchell, Todd
Commitee: Onosko, Joseph, Higginbotham, Thomas, Gagnon, Douglas, Paige, Mark
School: University of New Hampshire
Department: Educational Administration and Supervision
School Location: United States -- New Hampshire
Source: DAI-A 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education Policy, Secondary education, Educational administration
Keywords: Compulsory age, Dropout, High school policy, Principal perspective
Publication Number: 28089263
ISBN: 9798672189857
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